There’s no question that Kevin Love is a wanted man. After all, he did kind of say that he’s ready for the next “era” of his career — he wants out of Minnesota.
But I don’t think anyone had any idea that Love was this wanted.
According to The Star Tribune, 16 teams have reportedly called the Timberwolves inquiring about a potential Love trade. Really? Half the league has called Minnesota? That seems like a lot.
“We probably have 16 teams that have called us,” Saunders said, regarding interest in Love around the league. “We haven’t called anybody.”
Regarding Love’s recent weekend visit to Boston, Saunders said he didn’t know if it had any connection with basketball.
“I don’t think [the] Boston [Celtics] had anything to do with it. But I don’t know,” he said.
Apparently Love’s agent is telling teams that Love will enter free agency next season, but financially, Love can make more money staying with the Wolves.
“We can sign him to a five-year deal, the last year of his contract would be $27.5 million,” Saunders said. “Anybody that is his number of years serviced in the league, that’s what their contract is. To go sign as a free agent anywhere else, he can only sign for four years, so you’re not getting that fifth year.”
Look for Taylor to do everything under the NBA financial rules to keep Love.
I’m not sure who the favorites are to land Love, but from reports that he wants to play for a winner and/or a “big market,” you have to view Los Angeles, Boston, Houston Golden State and Chicago as the early favorites. I think.
However, even if he isn’t traded this offseason — or at the NBA Trade Deadline in February — he’ll have plenty of options. I’m not sure it’s going to be 16 options, but it’s going to be awfully close to that.