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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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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