Sure sounds like Kevin Love, Timberwolves are headed for summertime breakup

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"It's not you, it's... nah, actually it is you."
Unceasing speculation about Kevin Love's long-term future in Minnesota has been ongoing at least since January 2012, when Love signed a less-than-maximum four-year contract extension with an option to walk away after the third year.

In the months that followed, reports emerged that Love wasn't happy with then-President of Basketball Operations David Kahn's much-criticized decision to not give him a maximum five-year deal. Though Kahn was jettisoned for Flip Saunders in April of last year, a disappointing 2013-14 season left K-Love very, very sad, and now, with only one year left between Love and free agency, a number of reports are surfacing indicating team officials have already been informed the second-best player in franchise history has no interest in again re-signing here.

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Bill Simmons says Kevin Love has already decided to dump Minnesota

The strongest report to that effect comes via ESPN, which published a story with this lede this morning:
Kevin Love has made it clear to the Timberwolves that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent after next season and has no interest in a contract extension to stay in Minnesota, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.
A day earlier, Yahoo's well-connected NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski wrote this:
[T]he Wolves are under pressure to start considering trade scenarios for Love, who's anxious to exercise his early termination option (ETO) in the summer of 2015 and leave as a free agent, league sources said.
Not only does Love reportedly want out, but Timberwolves brass is now willing to accommodate him, local Associated Press sports reporter Jon Krawczynski writes:
Throughout most of last season, Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders and owner Glen Taylor remained steadfast in their stance that they would not consider trading Kevin Love...

With the NBA draft lottery coming up this week and an increasing concern that Love will leave for another team after next year, that stance has softened, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading Love if the right deal comes along.
All of the aforementioned reports say Wolves brass want both high draft picks and established young talent for Love. It's worth keeping in mind that's the sort of package team officials thought they got from the Boston Celtics for Kevin Garnett back in the summer of 2007, and we all know how poorly that worked out -- the Wolves haven't made the playoffs since and didn't even sniff mediocrity until this year's 40-42 campaign.

All that losing has apparently taken a toll on Love, a southern California native who has long been rumored to want to play in a bigger market. But Wolves fans shouldn't take Love's unhappiness with his current professional circumstance too personally.

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David Lloyd
David Lloyd

Why not just trade the whole team to another city? Send them to Seattle.

Jeremy Shelton
Jeremy Shelton

Trade him to the Lakers for two #1's and Jordan Hill and call it good. If Minny has two top 10 picks this draft they'll be fine.

Brian Nieken
Brian Nieken

Bye! We better get something decent for him in return. I do NOT want another KG trade, but knowing Flip I am nervous for us fans

Michael Hall
Michael Hall

It's all fixed Lakers will be a powerhouse in 2 years

Kevin Clark
Kevin Clark

Got that summer time, summer time sadness.

Noel Barrick
Noel Barrick

legalize it and tax the hell out of it. Oops, sorry canned response for the wrong article.

Alexander Downs
Alexander Downs

30 million more than anyone else can offer...if we were in the East we would have been the third seed in the playoffs. The west is/was tough vs the D League Eastern Conference.

jamesd390
jamesd390

Thought Kevin was from Portland - at least he played high school ball in Portland. He is gone - thanks to David Kahn's blunder. 

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

They knew this was coming the moment they saved the 5 year extension for Rubio. The player who nearly set the all time record for lowest shooting percentage in a season. Love is a rare player, but a defensive liability. Should have dealt him last year. We won't even get close to equal value for him.

Ryan Rud
Ryan Rud

Too bad there isn't an "I don't give a shit" button.

Ben Fritz
Ben Fritz

If he is so good, why are we not in the playoffs? Here's a thought, play some defense, that might help. We can trade him where ever we want. Send them to the team that gives us the most.

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Steve Schmidt
Steve Schmidt

He certainly has given us our money's worth here and proven to be a top 10 talent. That being said, his Defense is lacking and we could use this as an opportunity to go out and grab a player who can score at will, grab a few young players and some draft pics. Kevin is a great player and did everything he could to contribute to a franchise that took about 10 years off.

Matt Rud
Matt Rud

Sorry, but piss on him. There is no loyalty in sports today. "Chasing titles" and that kind of nonsense makes me sick. Play hard and be a good person and teammate. If you don't win a title, it wasn't meant to be. Jordan didn't ask to go somewhere to win a title. He MADE it happen. Just my opinion.

Nuevo Andrewismo
Nuevo Andrewismo

How can you blame the guy, the team has done squat to escape the stagnant cesspool they've been mired in for the last 10 years. Good luck elsewhere, KLove, you deserve an opportunity to win some damn games.

Derek Eaton
Derek Eaton

Trade him wherever you get the best deal. Don't worry about where he wants to go.

Jeff Skinner
Jeff Skinner

Love put in the work and paid his dues. It's time for the junk farm team to let him chase the NBA title he will never get if he stays.

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

In the Timberwolves defense, when the NBA says it's not your night, it's not your night, and you go down in the round they specify. He'll be "traded" (given) to the Lakers or the Knicks, depending on which storied franchise the NBA is trying to prop up this week.

misterrosewater
misterrosewater

Jordan also had Kerr, Kukoc, Rodman, Pippen and Longley to "make" it happen.  You're only as good as your starting lineup, and it takes more than Pekovic and Rubio to even come close to a title shot.  

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