Timberwolves name coach, figure to wait on Love

Timberwolves name coach, figure to wait on Love

Posted by mikemcgraw on Thu, 06/05/2014 - 19:29

The Minnesota Timberwolves made a move Thursday – deciding on Flip Saunders as the new head coach (expected to be official Friday). He’s not entirely new, having coached the T’wolves from 1995-2005 and working as president of basketball operations since May, 2013.

But it doesn’t do much to change their biggest issue, what to do with Kevin Love?
People have been trying to turn Love into breaking news, but the situation is straight common sense. The Timberwolves need to either convince Love to sign an extension, trade him by February or risk losing him as a free agent in 2015. Love has never made the playoffs during six seasons in Minnesota.

Owner Glen Taylor has said there are no plans to trade Love, and a reasonable scenario is to hope next season begins well and Love will come around on an extension.

Taylor is right to express optimism, but he probably knows keeping Love is a longshot. The Timberwolves need to take the best offer they can get, whether it happens this summer or during the season.

The Bulls are often mentioned as a potential landing spot for Love. Coming on the heels of Love’s very public visit to Boston, espn.com published a story about the Celtics’ chances of landing Love.

The story includes this paragraph: “The Timberwolves privately maintain they already have fielded better offers from other teams, among them the Chicago Bulls, who can offer draft picks and some combination of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson along with Carlos Boozer, whose bloated $16.8 million contract expires next summer and represents the kind of cap space rebuilding teams crave.”

This sounds like a Bulls’ fantasy scenario. It’s doubtful any team craves Boozer’s contract. Anyway, it’s likely every team in the league has inquired about Love’s availability, given the circumstances.

There’s probably not much real news regarding the Bulls and Love right now. Whether or not pursuing Love is a good idea is a much longer column.

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