Five years ago today, the Minnesota Timberwolves made a move that shook the NBA landscape: they traded Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics in a blockbuster trade. Somehow, the tremors of that trade is still affecting the NBA, mainly the T’Wolves as it’s reported that owner Glen Taylor doesn’t want to make the rumored Kevin Love trade because of the after effects of the KG trade:
Two league sources told CBSSports.com this week that Taylor remains hesitant to trade Love, still stung by the aftermath of the trade that sent Kevin Garnett to Boston in 2007. The team has won more than 30 games only twice in the seven seasons since.
“I don’t think Glen Taylor wants to do the deal,” one of the people familiar with the discussions said.
Just another interesting turn in the story that has dominated the summer.
Glen Taylor is a business man and while he may not want to do the trade Love, letting Love walk scott free could affect the team much more than trading the superstar for budding pieces. Whichever direction the T’Wolves decide to go in with this trade, they won’t be able to usurp what the team did in the last few years immediately. Rebuilding is a process that takes time and if management’s decision are well thought out during the period, a return to relevance can happen.
The Timberwolves are in the position to net a handful of players who could turn the luck of this franchise around, a.k.a. Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. Hopefully the past doesn’t ruin what could be.