NBA Trade Rumors: Timberwolves say there is ‘feeding frenzy’ over Kevin Love

Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs up the court after scoring against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs up the court after scoring against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to stomp their feet and suggest that All-Star Kevin Love is not available.

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That hasn’t stopped rival NBA teams from making inquiries though as Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders says there is a ‘feeding frenzy‘ over Love.

“I know there’s a feeding frenzy out there from a lot of teams. Unfortunately, they have no say. I plan on Kevin being here,” said Saunders.

Feeling mildly cocky, Saunders went on to stress that fans of opposing teams shouldn’t get so excited when they hear their team attached to rumors surrounding Love, citing the Boston Celtics when many thought they were in position to draft Tim Duncan.

“They’re the same fans who thought they had Tim Duncan.”

Of course, the Tim Duncan scenario played out during the 1997 NBA Draft and not in a trade scenario where Love can essentially dictate where he wants to go.

No, Love doesn’t have a no-trade clause but with only one year left on his contract, he can essentially hold the Wolves hostage by refusing to sign an extension with a team he’d potentially be traded to. And of course, the longer the Wolves wait the less teams are going to be willing to give up, so understandably the Timberwolves are feeling the pressure.

Of course, Minnesota could swing for the fences and retain Love with the hope that they can persuade him to remain with the organization once his contract does expire, though, at this point that seems like a long shot.