Matt Moore of CBS Sports says that Kevin Love is no longer denying he wants to be traded. While on ESPN’s SportsNation today Love was asked if he would be a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves at the start of next season and responded by saying: “You know, my agent is handling everything at this point, and I’m hoping that everything works out for all parties involved.”
This is a clear sign that Love has no intentions of denying the reports he wants to be traded. He still has yet to publicly demand a trade, which doesn’t need to do at the moment, but if Wolves fans were hoping for a public denial, they aren’t getting it.
This is a unique approach to the superstar wants out and everybody knows he wants out scenario. LeBron James played out the final year of his contract and refused to take any questions on the topic. Carmelo Anthony never denied and constantly reiterated that he was still a member of the Denver Nuggets.
The most recent player of Love’s caliber to want out was Dwight Howard and everybody knows how much of a disaster that was. Howard’s public comments of wanting to stay in Orlando but privately demanding a trade rubbed many people the wrong way. None of those players had very clean exits from where they were at so you can’t blame Love for trying a different tactic. Perhaps not making any declarative statements will work out for Love. For now though he appears to be taking a stance on the rumors and letting things play out.
The most interesting comment Love made was the one about the Cleveland Cavaliers.
“I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all,” Love said.
While this isn’t a clear sign that Love is open to being traded to Cleveland, he sure doesn’t sound like he’s opposed to the idea.