He asked for a full five-year max contract extension in 2012, via ESPN.com's Marc Stein and Chris Broussard, and Minnesota gave him a four-year deal with an escape clause after the third. That same summer, he told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports simply, "I want to win." The Wolves have gone 71-93 in the two years since.
The Timberwolves can act as if they're ready to risk losing him for nothing next summer, but the basketball world knows better. Love knows better. Even Minnesota knows better.
Privately, a source told Sporting News' Sean Deveney, the Wolves are, "paving the way to make something happen sooner rather than later."
This is nothing more than damage control for Minnesota. The Timberwolves won't find equal value, but the less available that Love looks, the more his current employer can ask for in return.
With that in mind, the trade market can offer some assistance to Minnesota's future endeavors. Whether searching for win-now talent or future assets, the Timberwolves must take a long look at the best realistic trade chips potentially available from Love's many suitors.