Report: Timberwolves “Privately Preparing” To Trade Kevin Love

Flip Saunders expects Kevin Love to be in Minnesota next season.

 Sean Deveney of Sporting News is reporting that despite talk that Kevin Love will be a Timberwolve next season, the organization is preparing to trade it’s star, before losing him for nothing next summer.

Publicly, the Timberwolves are saying they expect Love to be in training camp with the team next fall. But behind the scenes, as one source put it, the Timberwolves are, “paving the way to make something happen sooner rather than later.” Sooner, of course, would be draft night.

The Timberwolves have put out feelers on what possible offers might be on the table for Love on draft night. Despite their public protestations, around the league, front office executives say that the market for Love is open, but the initial asking price is high. While the Timberwolves would expect lottery draft choices in return for Love—including a high pick in this draft—they also want a young player with star potential, according to a source.

The Timberwolves will also need to gauge Love’s reaction to different destinations. Because Love is under contract for next year and can be a free agent in 2015, any team that trades for him would prefer to have an assurance that he would be willing to sign an extension—and with such an assurance, Minnesota can set a higher asking price.

My money is on the Celtics who would love to pair Rondo and Love together to try and make another title run.