The Minnesota Timberwolves are still trying to trade Kevin Love and it’s starting to look like a trade might not happen before the season begins in a few months time as no one can offer the Wolves what they want for the All-Star power forward. Whether it’s Andrew Wiggins, Dion Waiters or Klay Thompson, the Wolves just can’t get what they want and therefore Love remains on the roster.
According to Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News, one of the reasons the trade talks between the Timberwolves and Dubs have gone nowhere isn’t just because Golden State doesn’t want to include Klay Thompson. As Kawakami points out, the Wolves aren’t all that high on David Lee or Harrison Barnes as trade chips.
Minnesota apparently believes that Lee is an expensive throw-in and that he adds little value to the offer and in fact his salary probably drops his value close to neutral. Or less.
That’s why Minnesota is demanding Thompson–they need a quality young starter back if they’re going to move Love at this time, and Lee definitely isn’t it.
Minnesota is being picky in trade talks but they deserve to be given what they have to offer. The last time Minnesota traded away their superstar forward they ended up having nothing to show for it as the Kevin Garnett deal with the Boston Celtics was a huge bust.
Love may end up staying in Minnesota too, you never know, but either way the Wolves are going to get what they want out of this trade and won’t change their minds until they absolutely have to.
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