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Report: Timberwolves told Kevin Love to sit out the World Cup

Jul 29, 2014, 4:55 PM EDT

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Kevin Love took the heat for withdrawing from Team USA, but it might not have been just his decision.

Despite their posturing, the Timberwolves are reportedly set on trading Love. They don’t want him getting injured before they can complete a deal, and they have to wait for the Cavaliers to be allowed to trade Andrew Wiggins.

That might explain Love taking it easy this summer.

Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated:

I know Minnesota did tell Kevin, “You know what? It’s probably best you not play for this team.” And Kevin wholeheartedly agreed with that sentiment.

I believe the Timberwolves want Love to avoid injury. This is their last chance to get value for him

But their request didn’t necessarily affect the outcome.

Love isn’t exactly in the business of appeasing Minnesota right now. If he wanted to play, he would.

But the Timberwolves also asking him to sit out would only make his decision easier.

  1. 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    NBA told the Timberwolves to sit out the playoffs… for ten years and counting.

    • apkyletexas - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      Kevin Garnett took a bunch of bad Wolves teams to 8 straight playoff appearances and a Conference Finals in his first 8 seasons. Kevin Love – 0 playoff appearances in 6 years while his teams have averaged 25 wins per season. But at least he gets his own stats.

      • 4thquartermagic - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        We agree.

        KG is was a legit #1 superstar.
        Kevin Love is at best a #2 option.

        Which is why he wants to go to Cleveland or GSW as a #3 option.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Yup. But he wants #1 money. Bit of a difficult position he’s put himself in.

  2. bougin89 - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Of course they did. I’m sure Love’s agent said exactly the same thing.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:04 PM

      Agreed. This was a mutually beneficial decision for both parties – Love and the Wolves.

  3. antistratfordian - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Love playing isn’t good for any party. Not for the Wolves, not for Love, not for GS or CLE or anybody else.

  4. spursareold - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    I don’t think he’s appeasing them so much as he understands that the fastest way out of Minny is a trade this summer while healthy.

  5. lbeezyse - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    I think the deal is already done. Things will go quiet & when Wiggs 30 days are up reports will begin to be leaked. Whether it is a 3 team deal involving the 76ers is to be told, but Wiggs, Bennett & a first has been agreed on I think.

    I dont fault Flip for wanted to draw the 76ers into the fray to dump JJ and Martin. There is a reason the Wolves signed Mo W as well.

  6. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    The expiring contracts that the Cavs picked up for the reason of making this trade will need to be added to make the money work.

  7. seasickcecil - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Gilbert better tighten the slots at his Horseshoe Casino because he’s going to be paying a boatload of luxury tax.

  8. rgledz - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:02 AM

    I agree about KG, but he didn’t take them to the playoffs his first 8 years. Drafted in 95, two bad seasons before they broke into the playoffs. Marbury came on board and they broke through to the playoffs.

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