Apr 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) between plays against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves not under pressure to trade Kevin Love

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love will almost assuredly be with the Timberwolves when the 2015-2016 NBA season begins.

That, of course does not mean Love won’t be on the Timberwolves’ roster when the 2014-2015 season starts.

Yannis Koutroupis of Basketball Insiders believes the Timbwerwolves are under no pressure to trade Love any time soon.

It’s a little hopeful. Here’s the thing to keep in mind regarding Kevin Love. The Wolves are under no pressure to trade him before the deadline. Any offers that come along right now better blow them away in order to make them strongly consider it. They’re not going to give up on changing Love’s mind at this point unless it’s a stellar offer that they’re the clear winners of. You only get to trade a talent like him once, and I don’t think your offer is that kind of deal – especially with Martin a part of the deal as well.

There have been several reports indicating the opposite lately. There are many around the league who believe the Timberwolve smust trade Love soon and cannot risk starting the season with Love on the roster, believing it would create too much of a distraction and derail their season. In fact, there have been reports the Timberwolves plan on trading Love in the very near future and the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns will all make strong plays 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.

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