Kevin Love may not actually be on the trade block, but the possibility of the dominant power forward being moved by the Minnesota Timberwolves has been brought up.
There's no turning back now.
CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported the following about a potential move:
The Lakers and Mavericks are trying to assemble trade offers for prospective free agent Kevin Love, but thus far the Timberwolves have given no indication they'll consider moving the All-Star forward by Thursday's deadline, league sources told CBSSports.com.
Of course, he also admitted that a source told him Minnesota president Flip Saunders has said there's "no way" Love is moved.
It's highly unlikely that the power forward gets traded before the Feb. 20 deadline, especially because the 'Wolves still hope he won't opt out of his contract at the end of the 2014-15 season and will instead continue playing for the franchise that has always rostered him.
While B/R's Dan Favale makes a convincing argument that the 'Wolves should bite the bullet and swing a deal, it's still not going to happen until this offseason or the ensuing campaign. Until Saunders gets a clear indication that Love wants out, not just an anonymous rumor, he won't pull the trigger.
However, that won't stop other teams from making pitches. The door has been opened, after all, and it won't be slammed shut until 3 p.m. ET on Feb. 20.
It's hard to believe that any team in the Association would say no to acquiring Love for pennies on the dollar, but there are only a few teams in position to go all-in for his services before the trade deadline comes and goes.