Depending on who you believe, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors may have already agreed on the principles of a Kevin Love trade. Despite that, at least according to Timberwolves president of basketball operations and head coach Flip Saunders, it appears Love will be remaining with the Timberwolves organization through Thursday’s NBA draft.
Speaking to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune, Saunders hinted that he’s a big fan of the draft and significantly questioned if the team would trade anybody by Thursday night.
“I don’t know if there’s any prospect we’ll trade anybody by Thursday night,” said Saunders. “There really is a lot of potential in this draft, a lot of guys in the top 10 who have chance to be All-Star type players.”
Of course, if you read between the lines there, if Saunders is so enamored by the draft class why wouldn’t he be attempting to obtain additional draft picks, you know, in a Kevin Love deal?
Simply put, the more coy the Timberwolves play, the better as they believe doing so will force teams to panic and offer more assets to get a deal done. Rival front offices are very aware that if a deal isn’t completed prior or during the draft, the Timberwolves don’t have a lot of incentive to trade Kevin Love in the immediate future.
Of course, if the Timberwolves wait too long it’ll be them under pressure to make a move, not the other way around. For now though, it seems as if the T’Wolves are doing everything they can to squeeze every ounce of talent out of interested squads.