Leading up to the 2013 NBA Draft, there was plenty of speculation circling the Minnesota Timberwolves as to whether or not they should trade power forward Kevin Love. The superstar big man has been rumored to want out of Minnesota and will likely bolt in 2015 when he hits free agency.
With that said, the Wolves have reportedly received trade offers as recent as the week leading up to the draft in regard to Love. The Cleveland Cavaliers even made an offer that would have sent the number one overall pick to Minnesota, but the Wolves quickly declined.
Love has proven to be one of the absolute best players in all of the NBA when healthy, scoring at will many times and rebounding the ball at a very high level every night. The fact that he’s been rumored to want out of Minnesota should give them a clue that they have to listen carefully to each and every offer. thrown their way.
There have been offers sent their way, of course, but should Minnesota begin pursuing a potential deal themselves? It’s definitely not too early to be asking that question. With a young point guard like Ricky Rubio, they are building their team around him and want to have a good team for many years to come.
If the right scenario presented itself to general manager Flip Saunders, you have to believe he would seriously consider pulling the trigger. Many believe Love will be out of Minnesota when his contract is up, and Saunders needs to take note of that.
The other argument here is if the Wolves prove to be a playoff team this upcoming season. If Minnesota can make some noise in the Western Conference, Love may consider staying. But, he’s made it known he wants to win and if Minnesota is simply a first-round-and-out type of squad in the next two years, he’s as good as gone.
In summary, the Wolves should begin slowly seeking out potential suitors for a trade involving Love. Saunders has shown his wisdom throughout the offseason in adding all the right pieces and forming a respectful team, but maybe he should begin to check out his options with the former UCLA product.