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Flip Saunders Reveals Minnesota Timberwolves Won't Trade Kevin Love

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistJune 6, 2013

Kevin Love won't be leaving the Minnesota Timberwolves anytime soon.

Speaking on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike, Timberwolves president Flip Saunders made it clear that he won't be trading Love.

"Maybe people will stop calling me now," Saunders said.

First thing w/ Flip on Mike and Mike, KLove clears up that he won't be trading. "Maybe people will stop calling me now," Flip says.

— Jerry Zgoda(@JerryZgoda) June 6, 2013

Love has been the subject of trade rumors since former team president David Kahn made him less than a priority. Once Saunders took over, speculation wasn't tapered.

Most recently, Joe Kotoch of Sheridan Hoops reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers were interested in dealing the No. 1 overall pick for the 2013 NBA draft for Love.

That's news? 

My completely imaginary anonymous sources tell me Cleveland would be compelled to deal that top pick for any number of superstars. Kevin Durant would make the list. So would Dwight Howard. And if he's lucky, the Cavaliers might even consider LeBron James being worth the first overall pick.

Given the opportunity, any NBA team would at least entertain the notion of acquiring another superstar. They make the league go round. They win championships. Being vehemently against making your team better was The Maloof Way is bad practice.

Breaking news would have consisted of the Timberwolves conceding they were open to dealing their two-time All-Star, which Saunders never did. To his credit, Kahn didn't either.

By revealing that Minnesota won't be shipping Love out in the near future, Saunders is confirming what we already knew—these "rumors" have been one sided.

Never was it the Timberwolves that initiated the discussions. Teams were always phoning Saunders (and Kahn). It was not the other way around.

Hopefully Saunders' pointed comments spare us from anymore Love trade scenarios.

Deep down, we know they won't. But we can dream.

 

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