Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love has made it quite clear he is unhappy in Minnesota. Losing (Love has never played in the postseason) has certainly taken a toll on him, but he’s also upset the Timberwolves did not give him a full, five-year max contract when they had the chance.
The Timbwerolves continue to try to convince Love to stay but according to Charley Walters of The St. Paul Pioneer Press, there is “no chance he will change his mind” about leaving.
If the Timberwolves are still hoping they can persuade Kevin Love not to opt out of his contract after next season, they can give up hope.
The all-star forward is adamant about leaving, either by forcing a trade or on his own. For a variety of reasons, there is no chance he will change his mind.
Had the Wolves, however, given Love a maximum five-year contract instead of four years in 2012, he would not have wanted out of Minnesota.
The Cleveland Cavaliers, who can deal the last two number one overall picks, forward Anthony Bennett (2013) and swingman Andrew Wiggins (2014) remain the favorite to acquire 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. Bennett averaged 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds per game while shooting 35.6% from the field, 24.5% from beyond the arc and 63.8% from the free throw line. Wiggins averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks per game for the Jayhawks last season while shooting 44.8% from the field, 34.1% from beyond the arc and 77.5% from the free throw line.
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