Early speculation links Golden State and Chicago as possible destinations.
Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love has reportedly told the franchise that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent after next season, according to ESPN.
The star power forward is understood to have no interest in a contract extension, and while he has stopped short of demanding a trade, his position could effectively force the Timberwolves into dealing the All-Star before next season.
It is understood that owner Glen Taylor has resisted all trade offers for his franchise player for months, but he has previously conceded that his approach could change if he “has no choice”.
That is now a situation that he could face as ultimately the Timberwolves will not want to lose Love for nothing, and there is early speculation linking him with a number of teams.
Reports claim that teams around the league are increasingly expected to test the resolve of the franchise once the lottery order is established, with some sources suggesting that Minnesota will ask for a first-round draft pick and veterans if they are forced into parting with Love.
Both the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls have emerged as potential trade destinations that intrigue Love, while the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are said to have had a long-standing interest in acquiring him.
However, it is reported that Love will want to go to the best situation available for immediate contention for a championship, and after failing to reach the playoffs in six seasons with the Timberwolves, he now feels as though it could be the right time for a new challenge elsewhere.