Year in and year out, we hear about a possible trade that would send Kevin Love out of the twin cities, yet the move has failed to gain traction in previous seasons as the Minnesota Timberwolves still hold on to the hope that they may retain the superstar long-term. While keeping a player of this caliber around for years to come would be a good move on the part of the Timberwolves, it is just not likely that Love will re-sign with Minnesota as his seasons there have been filled with broken dreams and disappointment.
Love’s career in Minnesota has been eerily similar to that of future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett‘s, who spent many years in a Timberwolves uniform only to waste many of his prime years sitting outside championship contention. Both Love and Garnett produced in droves for an organization that did little to surround them with complementary pieces to make a run at a championship. After spending 12 seasons in Minnesota, Garnett moved on and eventual won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008.
Now, Kevin Love finds himself at the apex of his career, but after six seasons with the Timberwolves, will he go the path of Garnett and seek greener pastures elsewhere or stay in Minnesota and try to breathe life into corroding franchise?
In the modern-day NBA of super teams and top-heavy conferences, there is little to no reason for Love to stay in Minnesota as it, along with many other cities, has become an abyss for basketball success. If Love follows the blueprint put in place by stars such as Garnett and LeBron James, he will have a chance at a championship by joining forces with a stable franchise with capable players already in place.
Although Love cannot become a free agent until the summer of 2015, speculation has already begun as to where this high-profile player might end up. Many people want to see Love as the face of another franchise that is in a rebuilding mode, and while the spotlight is attractive to some, he already has virtually the same situation where he is now. The best situation for Love would ultimately be a team with the nucleus already in place, so Love could just step in as the final piece of the puzzle and the driving force toward a championship.
Greg Douglas is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.