Flip Saunders is doing one helluva job at making lemonade into lemons when it comes to the mess that this Kevin Love situation has turned into. It should be quite the scene when he wakes up in February, on NBA Trade Deadline day, when he has egg all over his face.
There are two ways to handle situations when your star player is quietly asking to be traded. There’s the right way and then there’s the way Saunders is attempting, or not attempting, to do things.
Sure, you can go down kicking and screaming while making said star out as the villain, just like the Denver Nuggets, the Orlando Magic and the Cleveland Cavaliers did, respectively. However, one way you can’t afford to do this dance is the way Saunders is attempting to tango.
You have to learn when to cut your losses, and that’s what Saunders is failing to do.
There has to be some voice of reason in the Timberwolves front office. Someone needs to be in Saunders ear telling him to accept a deal now because, with every passing day, Love is losing more and more value on the trade market.
The result of such actions? A dead deal. And now Love is unlikely to be traded before the draft. Which is kind of a problem since the Wolves won’t be able to reap from this year’s deep draft.
Maybe Saunders knows something that the rest of us don’t. Like, maybe he has an even better deal lined up with the Chicago Bulls or the Boston Celtics.
He better. If not, this can go from bad to worse in a matter of days.