“Maybe people will stop calling me now.”
Those were the words of Minnesota Timberwolves‘ new general manager Flip Saunders after making it clear that he will not trade Kevin Love. Saunders spoke on Mike & Mike, a part of ESPN Radio.
Ever since former GM David Kahn refused to give Love the five-year maximum deal that he was seeking, trade speculation has been surrounding the All-Star.
Saunders’ statement cleared up a lot of what we already knew. Despite reports that the Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in dealing the first pick in this June’s draft for Love, the Timberwolves were never seriously entertained by the idea. All of the trade talks have been started by teams intrigued by the superstar power forward. Not once has anyone in Minnesota stated that they were shopping Love, or even listening to offers for that matter.
Let’s face it. Kevin Love’s name will be in so called trade discussions on a yearly basis. Regardless, the Timberwolves are not looking to deal their franchise player. When healthy, Love is easily the most dominant power forward in the NBA.
With that said, of course teams are interested in love. However, the Wolves are not jumping to trade the best player Minnesota has seen since Kevin Garnett left for Boston.