The future of Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love has been one of the biggest topics of conversation among the basketball world as of late and it could continue all the way into the trade deadline depending on what the Timberwolves plan to do.
Although Love’s agent is telling teams he plans to become a free agent in 2015, he will have several suitors, some that may have the assets to acquire him. According to new head coach Flip Saunders, via Sid Hartman of The Star Tribune, 16 teams have called the Timberwolves inquiring about Love.
“We probably have 16 teams that have called us,” Saunders said, regarding interest in Love around the league. “We haven’t called anybody.”
Regarding Love’s recent weekend visit to Boston, Saunders said he didn’t know if it had any connection with basketball.
“I don’t think [the] Boston [Celtics] had anything to do with it. But I don’t know,” he said.
Apparently Love’s agent is telling teams that Love will enter free agency next season, but financially, Love can make more money staying with the Wolves.
“We can sign him to a five-year deal, the last year of his contract would be $27.5 million,” Saunders said. “Anybody that is his number of years serviced in the league, that’s what their contract is. To go sign as a free agent anywhere else, he can only sign for four years, so you’re not getting that fifth year.”
Look for Taylor to do everything under the NBA financial rules to keep Love.
The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers are all expected to be major players for Love.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.