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Timberwolves Rumors: Moving Kevin Love Would Be Foolish

dfavale January 3, 2013 Blogs, Dan Favale 5 Comments

Kevin Love and the Minnesota Timberwolves aren’t the most harmonic of pairings, yet this union is anything but irreparable.

Though Love has expressed his dissatisfaction with the franchise in the past, to go as far to say that he wants to be dealt would be a gross exaggeration.

Or so one would think.

According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, Love still isn’t happy with the Timberwolves, to the point where he wants out of Minnesota:

Probably not. He’s so good, the Wolves want to make a major splash in the playoffs and they couldn’t get equal value in return. However, it’s probably in their best interest to trade him now. He wants out and will likely bolt the team when he can opt out of his contract. The longer the Wolves wait, the harder it is for them to get value in return. That’s been proven over and over again in the NBA.

Now, I don’t doubt for a minute that Love isn’t thrilled with the Timberwolves. The way they treated him when he signed an extension was not indicative of dealing with a star. Instead, David Kahn and company attempted to downplay his value to the team.

But do I believe for a minute that Love has already decided to “bolt” from Minnesota?

Absolutely not.

Not only will the power forward eventually be playing alongside a healthy top-tier playmaker in Ricky Rubio, but the Timberwolves are finally in the thick of the playoff race. Is this to say his future with the team is written in stone, that he is going to remain in Minnesota for the rest of his career?

Again, no. More likely than not, however, Love hasn’t yet made a decision either way. He’ll first want to evaluate where the Timberwolves are when he’s eligible to opt out in 2015. Which is why it doesn’t make sense to trade him. Doing so would allow Minnesota to capitalize off his current value, yet him leaving isn’t a foregone conclusion. It’s not even close to any type of conclusion.

So let’s not pretend that the Timberwolves need to deal him now, because they don’t. And as Ford himself notes, they won’t. Whether they believe he is a true superstar or not, he’s a huge part of the reason why they are laying claim to any sort of prominence. They wouldn’t be on the cusp of a playoff berth if not for his 18.7 points and 13.8 rebounds per game.

Is there room for Love to improve? Of course, but there’s room for Minnesota to improve as well. As we’ve learned over the last year or so, this remains a rocky relationship, one that needs to be worked on.

But it is beyond repair? Is Love and the Timberwolves’ relationship so far gone that they only sensible option left is to deal him?

I’m inclined to say no.

Why?

Because that’s the truth.

Dan Favale is a firm believer in the three-pointer as well as the notion that defense doesn’t always win championships. His musings can be found at Bleacherreport.com in addition to TheHoopDoctors.com. Follow @danfavale on Twitter for his latest posts and all things NBA.

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  • SoCoolCurt

    i don’t think Kevin Love is on a “get me the fuck out of here” campaign yet but i don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibility. he wants to be on a contending playoff team and from what i can gather from his quotes and sound bites, he’d be perfectly ok if that contending playoff team was Minnesota, despite how they’ve treated him. so Minnesota has to figure out if they are in a position to start making playoff noise before 2015, and if not, they gotta move him because he’ll bolt otherwise. i would love to have him in a Laker uniform. he’s one of two players (the other being Ryan Anderson) i feel could really help LA reload in any Gasol trade.

    • Dan

      I don’t disagree with your first thoughts. I doubt he has made a decision either way, and making the playoffs this season (and next) would go a long way in Minnesota’s courtship. If they don’t, or if they fail to begin including him in the day-to-day decisions, then yeah, I could see him walking.

      As for the Lakers part of it, I don’t deny he would be a great fit in Mike D’Antoni’s system. As a stretch 4, he would thrive alongside Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. That said, I don’t see Pau Gasol being enough to land him. I could see the Jazz offering Paul Millsap or the Kings dangling DeMarcus Cousins, or even the Hawks dangling Josh Smith before I see Los Angeles having a chance at pulling off that trade.

      • SoCoolCurt

        Yea i realize it’s just a pipe dream but i couldn’t be excited about any of those other guys you mentioned. Stranger things have happened though, i mean we did get Gasol for Kwame Brown in the first place, just saying.

  • Marty Susman

    If the Lakers could get Love as far as I am concerned they could send Gasol, Peace, Nash, Blake, Duhon, Clark & the coach to get him..

    • Dan

      Don’t see Timberwolves being interested in Nash when they have Rubio. Also, they could probably get a better deal from someone like Utah, who would be willing to deal a Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson. Even a team like Sacramento with a DeMarcus Cousins can offer a better package. Obviously, he would be the perfect fit in Los Angeles under Mike D’Antoni. Honestly, though, I just don’t see it happening.