The Minnesota Timberwolves are seemingly getting an offer every day for Kevin Love. It’s not really much of a surprise that one of the best power forwards and players in the NBA today would be a highly sought-after commodity when he’s apparently available. However, Love is still not on the move just yet, even after the latest offer from the New York Knicks.
According to a report from Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal, the Knicks made an offer of Amar’e Stoudemire, Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr. for the services of Love. Though Stoudemire is a massive expiring contract that would offer Minnesota cap-flexibility in the near future and despite the fact that Shumpert and Hardaway Jr. are two talented youngsters, the Wolves unsurprisingly turned down the offer.
It’s quite clear that Minnesota isn’t going to give up Love for nothing and isn’t going to make a deal if the time isn’t right. Yes, the Timberwolves want to free up cap-space by unloading Kevin Martin and J.J. Barea. Yes, the Timberwolves want to bring in talent that can contribute right away. However, it’s also clear and also incredibly wise of Minnesota to apparently not be taking any deals that don’t involve draft picks.
If you look back at the deals that have been offered to the Wolves from around the league, the offer that’s been taken the most serious is that of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The crux of the deal with the Cavs is Andrew Wiggins and 2015 first-rounder. Essentially, that’s two first-round picks that the Wolves would be getting in addition to some other talent as well. There’s clearly a reason why Minnesota would be taking that offer the most serious and you have to believe that the difference is the picks.
The absence of picks, in addition to other factors surely, is almost positively what caused the Knicks offer to fall through. It’s smart of the Knicks to at least throw out a feeler in terms of possibly getting another star to put alongside Carmelo Anthony. However, it’s much smarter of the Timberwolves to turn down that deal and any other deal that doesn’t help their future by including draft picks in the trade.