NBA Trade Rumors: For the Love of God, Timberwolves, Don't Trade Love for Gasol

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJune 18, 2011

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If you've ever read my writing, you'll know I openly detest the doings of Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn.

I've claimed my Australian Shepherd would do a better job in his position. I stand by that comment.

Heck, I even sent the Timberwolves a letter when we stupidly selected three point guards in the first round of the 2009 draft.

Quite frankly, the only positive move he's ever made came last summer when the Miami Heat traded us Michael Beasley. But let's be serious here for a second—the Heat served Beasley on a platter and sauteed him in front of Kahn's face.

There are rumors about a possible swap involving Kevin Love and Pau Gasol. The speculation is not widespread, however, and I hope it remains that way.

Now that I'm a mature adult (sort of, considering my 20th birthday was yesterday), I'm trying to formulate a sentence to tell you how I feel. At the same time, I must make it Bleacher Repor-appropriate. This is going to take a while.

David, I'm sure you're a great man and you love to have your cigar and scotch just like the rest of us guys, but are you kidding me?

If you made this proposed trade, I'd go crazier than Hannibal Lecter. 

I think I speak on behalf of Wolves' nation when I say yes, we need veterans. But no, we should not trade the cornerstone of our franchise, a guy who has brought a spark for the future.

Love has the potential to become something special. If we give him away like this, we'd be folding our future like a cheap suit.

There are veterans available in free agency. Why not just offer them a wad of cash they can't refuse?

After all, the only major aspect of the game that Gasol is superior to Love is defense, but it's not like he won't improve as his career progresses. Not everyone can be a Charles Barkley, you know.

Then, to make things worse, I have read about the No. 2 pick being involved.

My heart sank (and is still on its way down) all the way to Death Valley when I first comprehended what was said. Are you kidding me? We trade our No. 1 guy and a pick that could land a versatile player, for a guy in his 30s who has (maybe) five good years left in him?

Just give us the 17-65 record now!

David, please make a wise decision here. If we had 90 percent of the NBA's general managers, I wouldn't be writing this article. However, you've proved your stupidity time and time again, so I guess anything is possible.

Call it blasphemous to trade our All Star, call it whatever you want—Kahn just calls it another day on the job. 


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