Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) reacts after receiving a technical foul next to guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Timberwolves could have a decision to make on Kevin Love

Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) reacts after receiving a technical foul next to guard Ricky Rubio (9) during the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

After a 104-103 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night, Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love was extremely frustrated with his team and voiced his displeasure.

“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts,” Love said. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”

Love is one of the league’s best players as evidenced by his averages – 26.1 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.

However, if the Timberwolves don’t start winning games, they’re going to have a decision to make, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.

So what do Saunders and the Timberwolves do about Love? Play their hand to conclusion and hope for the best, as Ferry did in Cleveland and Smith did in Orlando? Or get out in front of the problem, like O’Connor did in Utah?

There’s no clear answer, and no guarantees that one strategy will work better than the other. It’s worth noting, of course, that Love shares the same wanderlust for a bigger market that led to Williams’ departure from Utah. He also shares the same agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz.

“They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

Love and the Timberwolves will be back on the court Friday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats.

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