Timeline of How It All Went Wrong for Kevin Love and Minnesota Timberwolves

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Timeline of How It All Went Wrong for Kevin Love and Minnesota Timberwolves
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What was once an open secret has now become one of the NBA's most obvious story lines. Kevin Love's days as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves are numbered.

Love, who can hit free agency during the summer of 2015, now finds himself with options, with loads of suitors for his services. And we're hearing the rumors every day.

Will the star power forward end up a Chicago Bull? How about a Golden State Warrior? Or a Houston Rocket? Or anyone else?

As Love's relationship with the Timberwolves has deteriorated over the years, it's become more and more imminent: If the Wolves hold onto him for this season, the upcoming year will probably be his last in Minnesota.

But team president and newly minted coach of the Timberwolves Flip Saunders has different ideas. From ESPN.com news services:

"The last I knew Kevin was under contract with us, and I expect him to be playing for us next year," Saunders said Sunday after a workout of draft prospects. "I don't really dictate where guys go on vacation or what they do. They can go wherever they want to go."

Regardless of what Saunders says publicly though, it would be the intuitive move to trade the superstar on the last year of his deal, especially when it appears he won't be re-signing.

It seems like the Wolves have been turning down trades for Love since the beginning of time. We know the Cleveland Cavaliers were making offers for the three-time All-Star even before last year's draft. It's probably safe to assume Minnesota has been inundated with Love trade proposals for some time now. 

The awkwardness between the Wolves and Love isn't new—it's been building up for years. And now, both parties are at a point where the relationship is likely unrepairable. 

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