Bill Simmons says Kevin Love has already decided to dump Minnesota

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Will K-Love give us one more chance to make him happy?
It's no fun to be dumped, but it especially sucks when it comes from someone you're really into. Unfortunately, the NBA intelligentsia is advising Timberwolves fans to prepare for the sort of heartbreak we haven't felt since our first love, Kevin Garnett, left town in 2007.

THE BACKSTORY: Kevin Love blasts T-Wolves management in interview

That's because our beloved K-Love already has his mind made up to move on as soon as possible, at least according to what Grantland editor Bill Simmons is hearing.

In a podcast recorded earlier this week, Simmons, ESPN basketball reporter Chad Ford, and Grantland NBA writer Zach Lowe spent a good bit of time talking about K-Love and his alleged desire to play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I'm sure you're hearing the same stuff -- everybody in the league thinks Kevin Love is out of there... in July 2015" Simmons told Ford, referring to the month Love can opt out of his contract, a sub-maximum deal that many NBA observers (and possibly Love himself) viewed as a bit of a slap to Kevin's face when he signed it back in January 2012.

"He is out of there," Ford replied.

"Everybody thinks he's going to the Lakers," Simmons continued. "People are talking about it like it's a done deal already... Minnesota has no chance to keep him."

Later in the show, Lowe echoed what Simmons and Ford said, but added that Minnesota fans shouldn't take it personally.

"I think more than anything else these guys wanna win, that's the bottom line," Lowe said. "If Minnesota was a 50 win team with a bright future Kevin Love is staying there, but they're not."

Fuel was added to the Love-is-leaving fire yesterday by NBA pundit Peter Vescey: But Flip Saunders quickly took to Twitter to dispel Vecsey's "report": Love wasn't traded today. In fact, during a media availability just before the trading deadline came and went, he tried to dispel some of the rumors: But before you dismiss Simmons's comments, keep in mind that he and Love have been tight for years. Simmons, in fact, did a lengthy interview with Love for one of his podcasts a few years ago. So it seems unlikely someone who knows Kevin personally and has as much access as the so-called "Sports Guy" would just make something up and report it.

Nonetheless, judging by what he said today, Timberwolves fans should at least put on their best shirt and suck it in in a last-ditch effort to please Kevin. Because while his patience may be wearing thin, it sounds like the situation hasn't quite reached the point where we should reactivate our OKCupid profiles and begin the search for new love.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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William Davis
William Davis

Bill Simmons also said he'd drive to Minnesota to watch Rubio's first game if he ever played here.

Ross Menk
Ross Menk

Say it aint so Kevin Law Offices of Menk & Menk

Adam Epps
Adam Epps

Bill has been saying Love wants to leave for years, just ignore him. The smog in LA is destroying his brain. Though I am surprised he has been saying Lakers rather than his typical Celtics mantra

jason.dorweiler
jason.dorweiler topcommenter

Clearly no basketball fans here. Maybe you all should watch a game?

Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

Love quietly dropped 42 on the best team in the league last night, and we won. Focus on the present. We are a .500 team and he is too 3-4 in the league.

Eric Johnston
Eric Johnston

Bill Simmons did an interview with Love 2 years ago? My goodness, they're practically brothers.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Kevin Love isn't that good.   Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, and Pek should be a good enough supporting cast to get to the playoffs if Kevin Love was a true superstar.  Trade him for a top 5 pick in the draft.   Build around defense.  Stop signing crappy low ceiling veterans.   Scout, sign, and trade for young athletic players who have high ceilings.      Small market teams can win.  Look at OKC, San Antonio, and Indiana.  

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

hear LA wants to buy the Wolves.... so that way they have a good team ...... just like last time ! (what a dumb story)

shaunk3000
shaunk3000

@atrupar Here's the thing: albeit a slight, that contract will make him more money. If he wants to stay in MN he still shouldn't extend it.

Mike Turner
Mike Turner

A couple of reasons not to waste energy worrying about it. 1. He's going to do whatever he wants. 2. The Timberwolves are garbage. 3. The NBA is a joke and a complete waste of time.

Patrick Kane
Patrick Kane

Who could blame him? We are wasting his potential.

Ann Fitch
Ann Fitch

Maybe in his place, we can get another great player named Kevin. Then he can be awesome, but never have a proper supporting cast and leave us to win a championship.

nimo202
nimo202

@citypages the really need to stop pinning their hopes to people named "Kevin." It obviously isn't working.

Dennis Johnson
Dennis Johnson

He's too good to play for a crap team. He should go somewhere he has a chance at a ring, same goes for Adrian Peterson. MN has become the minor leagues.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Flavor savoring ass? I haven't hear that since I lived over north side. Tells me all I need to know about you.

Matt LaNasa
Matt LaNasa

Haha, butt hurt? You're so cool for using quotes from shows you don't even watch

Christian Johnson
Christian Johnson

That's too bad. He seems like a classy guy with his head in the right place. Can't really blame him as the team is going nowhere.

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Btw, your team sucks. They always have and always will.

Jeremy Martin
Jeremy Martin

It's hard to blame him. Being stuck in a mid market will never get him the fame or rings he is looking for. Thanks for trying Kevin. You must have paid attention to the other Kevin who played for the Wolves and left to get more popularity and a ring.

Bethany Tait
Bethany Tait

You can tell who doesn't actually know anything about basketball...

Bart Wolkerstorfer
Bart Wolkerstorfer

Good Riddance! Cant even get us to the playoffs. Not much of a loss. All about stats. (except wins..)

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Aw. You sound butt hurt. You'll get over it tough guy.

Matt LaNasa
Matt LaNasa

Hey David Lloyd, maybe we'll get even luckier and your bald/flavor savoring ass will leave first

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Maybe we'll get really lucky and the Timberwolves will leave too.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

You do, since you took the time to not only click on the story, but leave this stupid comment. Go play in traffic.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

This makes perfect sense when you consider Kevin Durant and Tim Duncan.  Who has even heard of Kevin Durant?    Tim Duncan has never won a ring.  

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