Minnesota Timberwolves' Owner Doesn't Even Review Kevin Love Trade Proposals

Sean HojnackiFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2014

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love  reacts after a foul call during the second half of the Timberwolves' NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 120-113 despite Love's 43 points and 19 rebounds. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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There has been a lot of trade buzz surrounding extraordinary rebounder and three-point shooter Kevin Love ahead of the deadline. CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks were targeting the double-double machine.

Despite that, it seems the Minnesota Timberwolves agreeing to trade Love is a much more far-fetched scenario than anyone previously thought.

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN in Minneapolis tweeted out a surprising fact about how the T-Wolves' front office works.

Evidently, president Flip Saunders and general manager Milt Newton are so insulted by the trade proposals for Love that they don't even want to tell owner Glen Taylor—it would only upset him. 

Moreover, Love has been making sounds like he wants to stay put in Minnesota. He recently did an interview with Steve Marsh of GQ who noted the appeal of California and asked him, "You're gone, right?" Love appeared to counter that, stating: "People think it's so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota. And I'm not s------g on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun."

Jan 8, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) against the Phoenix Suns at Target Center. The Suns defeated the Timberwolves 104-103. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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The Lakers hit the All-Star break beset by injuries and dead last in the Western Conference. Though as Marsh is quick to point out in his article, Love used the present tense. He's "having fun." The real question is: Where will he be having fun when the 2014-15 season begins?

Berger reported that "according to a person familiar with Saunders' strategy, he has indicated there is 'no way' he will trade Love by Thursday's 3 p.m. ET deadline." Love is signed through the end of next season and holds a player option for 2015-16, per Sham Sports

Even if Love remains in Minnesota beyond the Feb. 20 trade deadline, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding thinks a trade of Love to the Lakers would be more likely to come on draft night. 

Then again, if the owner never even gets to see the trade proposals that could mean a Kevin Love trade is even more unlikely than a guy named Wolfson covering the T-Wolves. That's like an ice cream man named Cone!