Jan 17, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) passes the ball against the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

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Nobody told Sam Smith about paragraphs growing up. I’ve never spoken with him, but maybe he just speaks in this stream of consciousness style which calls for long, giant blocks of text?

He was a bore way back when he was clamoring for the Bulls to trade for KG and he’s only slightly less of a bore just commenting on the free agency drama concerning the Wolves these days.

You can put it behind you but it’s still beyond me.

That’s Golden Smog, but classic Jeff Tweedy. Anyway — from a section called “What Will Love’s Future Hold?

- So what of Kevin Love? His future is soon going to rise to the top of personnel possibilities with the Timberwolves having a disappointing season and Love seemingly on the verge of a meltdown. The Timberwolves went to 0-10 in games decided by four points or fewer after last week’s last second loss to the Suns. Love then, according to Minneapolis media, was waiting for reporters to enter the locker room to basically blast his team, or at least a few of them. “We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench that play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up during timeouts,” Love said, supposedly referring to J.J. Barea and Dante Cunningham. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of (ticks) me off. We’re supposed to be a team. It’s two guys that we expect more from them. I think they expect more from themselves. I’m not trying to single anybody out and I don’t want to make it bigger than it is, but it’s just a team that we needed to beat tonight and we needed everybody in there, even guys that didn’t play any minutes. We need to have a team and a bench that’s really in it together.” Perhaps it wasn’t the best time as Love was four of 20 in the game. Love had called out the reserves a few weeks earlier after a loss to Dallas as well. And the Timberwolves have not won more than 31 games in his five seasons. Now the Timberwolves face the issue teams have with LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Deron Williams and Dwight Howard: Trade him now or this summer and get something? Try a sign and trade when he opts out after next season? Lose him? Utah traded Williams early and seems to have done well. Denver did reasonably well trading Anthony in midseason. But that clause to be traded and then extended for the maximum contract has been eliminated. Love, in the top four this season in scoring and rebounding, is said to be favoring the Lakers or the Knicks in free agency in 2015 when both will have money for perhaps two free agents. So is it even worth it to give up much given Love likely won’t extend with your team? Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said after losing James that he’ll trade a player before he allows that to happen again. Someone should be saying they are sorry in the Love story. But things can change as LaMarcus Alridge, who last summer supposedly wanted to be traded, now is telling the Portland Tribune he wants an extension to stay with the Trail Blazers.

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