Jan 4, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forwards Kevin Love (right) and Derrick Williams (7) fight for the ball with Memphis Grizzlies forward Rudy Gay (center) at the Target Center. Memphis defeated Minnesota 90-86. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Minnesota Timberwolves Turn Down Rudy Gay Offer From Memphis

Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

The Rudy Gay trade rumors continue to run rampant over the NBA.

According to a report by ESPN 1500, the Memphis Grizzlies offered a Rudy Gay for Kevin Love and/or Nikola Pekovic deal (or something along those lines) to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

GM David Khan immediately rejected it.

During the summer of 2010, the Timberwolves made a strong push for Rudy before he signed his 5-year, $80 million dollar extension with Memphis.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports recently sat down with Gay to discuss his feelings towards the numerous trade propositions and his willingness to stay with the Grizzlies organization.

“People don’t understand that we do have families, we do have personal situations we have to deal with while trying to be productive on the court,” Gay said. “Your family is calling saying, ‘What is going on? What is going on?’ I just tell them, ‘Don’t worry about it.’

“That’s the biggest thing. The more people talk about it, the more I think about it, because I don’t talk about it at all.”

“We can’t control [what trades happen], but if [the roster's core remains] we have a chance to be special,” he said.

Whether Rudy wants to stay in Memphis or not is really inconsequential at this point. The team clearly wants to move on from that staggering contract (still owed $37 million) and cut ties completely.

Going after Kevin Love after it was just announced that he will miss the next 8-10 weeks to undergo surgery on his hand was a bold move.

The Timberwolves don’t really have any assets that would entice Memphis enough outside of Love and point guard Ricky Rubio. Nikola Pekovic is a legitimate starting center in this league, but the Grizzlies are solid at the 4 and 5 spots with Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Marreese Speights.

The NBA trade deadline for the 2012-13 season falls on Thursday, February 21st.

 Chris Walder is the Editor here at Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter at @WalderSports

Tags: Kevin Love Memphis Grizzlies Minnesota Timberwolves Rudy Gay

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