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Should The Timberwolves Start To Seriously Consider Trading Kevin Love?

Submitted by on January 10, 2014 – 9:49 amOne Comment
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Kevin Love is not going to finish his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Unless some miracle takes place and the T’Wolves suddenly turn into a championship caliber team overnight and essentially force Love to stay in Minnesota, he is going to end up leaving and going to another team at some point in the near future. You can just sense that he’s not happy playing alongside guys who aren’t good enough to take him to the playoffs, let alone the NBA Finals. And he let his frustration get the best of him after a game against the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night when he ripped into his teammates J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham for not joining a Timberwolves huddle late in the contest.

“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts,” he said. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”

The Timberwolves are supposed to be a team, a pretty decent team in fact. But the problem is that “decent” isn’t going to get the job done in the loaded Western Conference. There are good teams who are going to have to struggle to claim the seventh and eighth seeds in the NBA Playoffs, so “decent” just isn’t going to get the job done. And with that in mind, it might be time for Minnesota to start thinking about trading Love to another team.

Technically, the Timberwolves don’t have to make a move anytime soon. They have Love locked up under contract until at least the end of the 2014-15 NBA season. But at this point, it seems like Love has had about enough of the losing culture in Minnesota. So if the Timberwolves are smart, they’ll find a team out there willing to give them a king’s ransom in exchange for Love before this season’s trading deadline next month. They would need to get a bunch of draft picks—preferably a first-round draft pick in this year’s 2014 NBA Draft—in exchange for Love in order to make it a fair deal. But at this point, they have all of the leverage. They don’t have to move Love, so they could probably convince someone to give up quite a bit for him.

The alternative is hanging onto Love and either trading him before the trade deadline in 2015 or letting him walk in the summer of 2015. And neither of those options sound as attractive as the one we just presented above. So the Timberwolves should seriously consider trying to move Love ASAP. It would be great for Love, great for the future of the Minnesota franchise, and great for the NBA. Most fans are missing out on seeing Love play because of where he plays and the fact that the Timberwolves aren’t very good. So why not change that and set him free, T’Wolves? Please?

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