Speculation suggests Love wants to leave after next season.
Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has insisted that it isn’t in the plans of the franchise to trade star power forward Kevin Love this summer.
According to reports earlier this week, Love has told the Timberwolves that he will leave at the end of next season, which in turn has put pressure on the organisation to consider their options this summer.
Rather than lose Love for nothing next year, Minnesota could enter into trade talks with a number of interested parties this off-season and receive draft picks and players in return.
However, while Taylor has insisted that he can’t rule it out as anything could happen in the NBA, he insisted that there are no plans to trade Love yet.
“I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that’s not our plan,” he said, as reported by Pioneer Press.
“I’m not in a position where you would say absolutely I wouldn’t do it, because what if something that I can’t even speculate (on) happens? You’d say, ‘You’re nuts, Glen.’ Maybe some team puts a value on him that’s different than we suspect….
“At this point, we’re not talking to any teams,” Taylor added. “I haven’t heard from Kevin or his agents or anything like that. We’re assuming that Kevin will be here next season, and we’re working with that scenario. This isn’t the time for us to do anything but to prepare for next year.
Minnesota aren’t likely to explore their options regarding Love until they have appointed a new coach and made some roster tweaks which also includes seeing how the draft plays out.
However, if Love really is intent on leaving the franchise next year, then they will ultimately be pushed into considering a trade deal and there are likely to be a number of teams queuing up to discuss terms.