Kevin Love is sick and tired of losing. Believe me, the Minnesota Timberwolves are well aware of it.
With the option of being able to test free agency in the summer of 2015, the Wolves are trying to think of every possible way to keep their face of the franchise. The 2014 NBA trade deadline is approaching quickly, and Minnesota will likely attempt to make a move in order to put themselves in a better position for a playoff run.
In other words, “Please, Kevin… Don’t go.”
According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, the Wolves are looking to deal one, if not all, of these three players: Dante Cunningham, Alexey Shved and J.J. Barea.
For first year head honcho Flip Saunders, this is the biggest project he’s ever undertaken — keeping an All-Pro like Love, that is. After missing the playoffs for seven straight years, Saunders wants his Wolves to contend. He also knows that the only way that happens anytime soon is with Love on the roster.
The problem with the Timberwolves is the fact that they can’t play defense; let’s just call it what it is. In the post, they have two guys who can score nearly at will, in both Love and center Nikola Pekovic. Is it time to start thinking about trading one of the two? By that, I mean, is it time to start thinking about moving Pekovic? Minnesota doesn’t have much for a defensive presence in the paint, and there is no way they trade Love. Do the math.
Wherever the Wolves turn, their main goal will be to keep Love happy, period. They cannot afford to lose him in a year, which seems imminent either way. In any event, they will try everything they can to keep him in Minnesota, starting with this year’s trade deadline.