There is clearly no shortage of suitors for Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the last two number one picks, forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins (2014) are the perceived favorites. If the Golden State Warriors ever change their stance and are willing to include guard Klay Thompson in a deal, they could land Love. The Chicago Bulls would reportedly put big man Taj Gibson, forward Nikola Mirotić and rookie forward Doug McDermott in a deal and the New York Knicks have even reportedly made an offer. However, no deal has gotten done.
Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders explains why the Timberwolves can afford to be patient for the time being.
The Timberwolves can be patient and see if any of the offers on the table improve. Cleveland, Golden State and Chicago are all interested in Kevin Love, and Minnesota is hoping that they enter a bidding war and keep improving their offers. There’s no reason for the Wolves to rush this – they could even drag this out to the trade deadline if they want to. That would give them a chance to see more of Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett before making a decision, and it would also give Flip Saunders and this squad one last chance to see if they can field a playoff team and potentially persuade Love to stay like the Portland Trail Blazers did with LaMarcus Aldridge last season after their incredible start.
Of course, since it is very unlikely the Timberwolves can make a playoff run in the loaded Western Conference, they will have to trade Love at some point so they don’t risk losing him for nothing, but they have until the trade deadline to deal him.
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 last season.