It looks like the Minnesota Timberwolves may finally be resigned to the fact they have to trade power forward Kevin Love before they lose him for nothing when he can become a free agent a year from now.
The Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns, among others are all going to make a run at Kevin Love and many believe he will be traded Thursday. That, however, may not be the case.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Timberwolves are in no hurry to deal Love and they believe the same deals that will be available on draft night will be available again.
It’s believed that Jose Barea ($4.519 million), Corey Brewer ($4.702 million) and Alexey Shved ($3.15 million) could all be had on draft night along with the 13th pick to either move up to obtain a serious draft prospect or to move out and return a solid proven veteran.
Most of the teams that have made passes at the Wolves regarding Love are expected to re-visit on draft night, but sources near that process said that the Wolves’ stance is that virtually everything they are being offered will be available to them in July and that they may re-open talks then, but for now Love seems to be somewhat off the table, unless the offers get dramatically better.
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.