HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

February 20, 2014 Updates

The premise in play here, of course, is that Love is likely headed elsewhere eventually (widely believed to be the Los Angeles Lakers) and some executives believe Saunders is better suited trading him now rather than waiting to do it later or risk losing him later for nothing. Instead, it appears they've continued exploring trade options to improve the supporting cast around him and will apparently hold out hope – at least for now – that he can still be won over. Winning, of course, is the easiest way to do just that. USA Today Sports

Wolves owner Glen Taylor, in an interview with 1500 ESPN.com contributor Darren Wolfson early Wednesday evening, said Love's comments to GQ were "consistent with what he's told me." Beyond Love, Taylor confirmed the Wolves have been in general trade "communications" with teams, but added that "nothing at the moment" is likely before the deadline. In regards to the rumors that surround a potential Love trade, Taylor told Wolfson "Flip doesn't even bring (the proposals) to me." 1500 ESPN

Flip Saunders: 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. Twitter

Vecsey, responding to a number of tweets he received discussing the validity of his intial report, replied, "Flip knows I know." All of this came on a night in which Love put up an astounding 42 points and 16 rebounds in the Wolves' 104-91 takedown of the Eastern Conference's top team, the Indiana Pacers. It was not only an impressive win, but also a desperately needed one as the Wolves (26-28) attempt to find some way to make a late playoff run. 1500 ESPN

February 19, 2014 Updates

Now that he looks like a leading man—and with free agency looming as an option at the end of next season, and the Wolves not exactly killing it on the court—everyone assumes that his next big move is to Los Angeles. He's dating actress Cody Horn, a California girl, and his Beach Boy uncle, Mike, co-wrote “California Girls.” So fess up, Kev: You're gone, right? “People think it's so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota,” he says. “And I'm not shitting on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun.” Note the present tense. GQ.com

February 18, 2014 Updates

The Mavs can’t offer future first-round picks, the most valuable currency in today’s trade market, because they owe Oklahoma City a top-20 protected first-rounder. Dallas doesn’t have any young talent or proven stars that could serve as trade centerpieces for a Love-level talent. The Mavs simply don’t have the assets to pull off a blockbuster deal. So the thought of Love coming to Dallas is comedic fodder. “The Beach Boys are in a couple of months,” Mark Cuban said. ESPN.com

Still, other teams are said to be feverishly pursuing a premium first-round pick that could be included in a package for Love, a three-time All-Star who is fourth in the league in scoring (25.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (13.2). CBSSports.com

In the end, it will fall on Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to pull the trigger on a Love deal or wait him out and hope he's able to turn the franchise's fortunes around in time to persuade him to stay. Minnesota has yet to make the playoffs in Love's five seasons and is likely headed to the lottery again this year. According to a person familiar with Saunders' strategy, he has indicated there is "no way" he will trade Love by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline. CBSSports.com

Love will be a free agent in 2015, and it is widely known around the league that he and his agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz, are determined to get him to a major market. The Lakers, Love's first choice, "have the best shot" of landing the Southern California native, one person familiar with the player's thinking said. There is no incentive in the CBA for Love to sign an extension with Minnesota before he has a chance to decline his player option and hit the open market in July 2015. CBSSports.com

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