With his impending free agency in the summer of 2015, the Kevin Love rumor mill has been a blur leading up to the 2014 NBA Trade Deadline. Several teams have been said to be making a play for the Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star power forward, though the Wolves have shown no signs of entertaining any offers.
On Wednesday night, though, well-known NBA writer Peter Vecsey reported that Love had informed the Timberwolves and general manager Flip Saunders that he would opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015 with the intention of leaving Minnesota. Vecsey also said of Love to “expect him” to be a part of a trade at the deadline or in the off-season given his intentions after next season.
While Vecsey’s report certainly paints a dismal picture if you’re a Wolves fan, Saunders had his own thoughts on Vecsey’s rumors, refuting the fact that Love had informed of anything regarding free agency. The Timberwolves GM took to Twitter to address the rumors both humorously and oddly poetically, sending out this message:
Rumors of Love telling me he’s opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/ him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was.
— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) February 20, 2014
Perhaps Vecsey misinterpreted Love’s dislike for Saunders’ sports coat as a declaration of his future plans.
The actual scenario at hand in Minnesota more than likely lies in the gray area between the two reports. Either way, you have to respect Saunder’s means of dismissing these rumors. He makes them seem like they’re the least of his worries, which is exactly what Wolves fans need and want to hear. As of right now, Love is still on their roster and this team still has a year and a half to try and convince him to stay in Minnesota. Call me crazy, but I can’t see the Wolves panicking so prematurely. In essence, don’t serve things up about Saunders and his team, because he’ll apparently try to burn you for it, bad sports coat and all.