Since Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love will not be signing a contract extension with the Timberwolve, it seems like the two sides will be parting ways in the near future.
At least one general manager believes the Timberwolves need to trade Kevin Love as soon as possible so that he will not become a distraction. That same GM cites the the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers as the teams who will be in the mix to acquire Love.
In an interview with Michael Rand of The Star Tribune, former NBA player and current NBA TV analyst Dennis Scott agreed with that general manager.
“You have to move him,” Scott said. “You have to be like Utah when they traded Deron Williams. The owners and general managers at the end of the day still have the final say-so. You cannot hold a franchise hostage like that. Flip needs to have a man-to-man conversation with Love real soon. … Think about Kevin Garnett. Deep down inside, he didn’t want to leave after 12 years. The [Wolves and Garnett] saved each other to give him a chance to win. You have to respect what Tim Duncan has done by staying in a small market. You have to respect what Kevin Durant is doing, staying in OKC. He’s in it to work. When the season is over, you travel, go to Miami, the Bahamas. But in the season, it’s about work.”
Trading Love is probably the best option – if a player really doesn’t want to be there, you have to be proactive in order to get the best return possible.
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.