While the Minnesota Timberwolves are trying to make a push after the NBA All-Star break to get into a playoff spot, the summer of 2015 continually casts a daunting shadow over the team. When free agency begins in July of that year, Timberwolves All-Star power forward will hit the open market and, much to the chagrin of Wolves fans, many signs point to him leaving town.
Teams are looking to capitalize on Minnesota’s fear of losing Love in 2015 leading up to the Feb. 20 NBA Trade Deadline. According to a report from Ken Berger of CBS Sports, both the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks are in discussions about an offer that could potentially land them the dynamic forward.
Berger also reports that the Wolves have made no indication that they will let Love go before the deadline and a separate source from the first reports told Berger that there is “no way” that the power forward will be dealt before Thursday afternoon. Judging by all of this, the efforts of the Mavs and Lakers seem a bit futile in this instance.
Love, who started in this past Sunday’s All-Star Game for the Western Conference, has been a force this season. Through 50 games, the big man has put up 25.8 points, 13.2 rebounds and four assists in 36.3 minutes per game while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor and 37 percent from three.
With the way that Love can aid an offense and can affect the rebounding battle in a monster way, it’s no wonder that the Lakers and Mavs have interest in him. However, it’s also no wonder that the Wolves would want to do everything in their power to hang onto him beyond the summer of 2015 or as long as possible. Love isn’t going anywhere this season, no matter how hard L.A. and Dallas make a push for him.