The Minnesota Timberwolves struck gold when the club drafted Kevin Love with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. Although Love has endured some injury problems of late he still is regarded as the best power forward in the game. So why in the world would the Timberwolves part with such a talent so early in his career?
For starters Minnesota is not exactly the first place that a California-kid like Love would like to be playing his home games. While the superstar may not make the scene that Dwight Howard did it’s apparent that he isn’t too fond of the direction of his organization. In previous interviews Love had voiced his frustrations with the constant turnover of the team and the organizations doubts about his wrist injury.
It’s never a good idea to doubt your superstar and the face of your franchise however, the Timberwolves have jumped ship on a star before. Kevin Garnett went through a similar battle with management prior to his trade to the Boston Celtics back in 2007. Now, if I’m a T-Wolves fan I’m begging management to keep their mouth shut and build around Love instead of build a wall against him.
Ricky Rubio has been the first step to that as he has returned with a vengeance in 2013 and is under contract for the next two seasons. I can definitely seeing Rubio and Love becoming the next Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire as both are equally fantastic talents.
The Timberwolves have room to grow with these two budding stars and need to hang on to both in order to give Minnesota a long awaited winning season.