Jan 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) holds onto the ball in the third quarter against the Charlotte Bobcats at Target Center. Minnesota wins 119-92. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love's Impending Exit: Facing Facts

Not to live in the past or dwell in the current doldrums, but I’ve been reading Ken Berger’s click bait column at CBS Sports about Kevin Love’s post Suns loss rant from over a week ago — I’ve heard about it, I’ve avoided it. Mostly because of reasoning like this.

Ahem, after presenting the recent short list of players who have forced their exits with an impending free agency, Berger goes all…

…the Timberwolves must at some point ask themselves the following: When do you trade a star player who doesn’t want to be there?

There’s the premise of the entire thing. That’s the whole article in 25 words or less. The rehashing and rehashing of free agent migration is all that follows. Just empty weather pattern tracking analysis.

There are no suggestions or pleas for common sense. It’s actually not the doomsday affair it’s billed as. As for laying out the options, well, I’ll just let Berger say it…

There’s no clear answer, and no guarantees that one strategy will work better than the other. It’s worth noting, of course, that Love shares the same wanderlust for a bigger market that led to Williams’ departure from Utah. He also shares the same agent, New York-based Jeff Schwartz.


“They should trade him,” one Eastern Conference executive said. “No one thinks he’s staying. Everyone knows he wants to go to the Lakers.”

You can run out all the Deron Williams and Dwight Howard anecdotes you want, but the reality is Love hasn’t demanded to be traded or even engaged in the shenanigans, daydreaming or controversy-baiting reporters throw his way every time the Wolves go on the road. Oh. Yeah. That one Woj article.

Any quote that includes the phrase “everybody knows” is just priceless, quality stuff.

The Wolves have been in recovery since losing in the Western Conference Finals. Post-KG life has been hell. Trading Kevin Love would be a signal to Seattle to come calling Glen Taylor.

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