Happy Hump Day, Wolves fans. Kevin Love is on the national airwaves, toeing an obnoxious line.
ESPN posted a summary article on their website here, but essentially, Love wouldn’t admit that he has asked to be traded, but he also would not deny the rumor. It was lots of “I’m hoping everything works out for all parties involved” and “I just want to end up in a great place where I can win”.
It’s nothing that is really all that surprising, just that these were Love’s first public comments since the end of the season. It also seems pretty pointless, and verging on the very Dwight Howard territory that Love allegedly was hoping to avoid.
There’s also one point in the appearance when Love calls the Wolves “they”, which is a bit curious. Again, nothing that LaMarcus Aldridge didn’t say last summer regarding wanting out of Portland, and they’re all hunky dory now in the Northwest due to a leap by Damian Lillard and a second-round playoff appearance.
Alas, it does seem like each and every day we’re inching ever closer to a trade. According to Darren Wolfson, the Wolves are trying (so far unsuccessfully) to get Arizona forward Aaron Gordon into Minneapolis for a pre-draft workout, which could be a sign that they think they can get into the #6-8 range of the draft. This could potentially be a precursor to a trade with Boston, Sacramento, or others.
There has also been a bit more steam surrounding Cleveland today, but I’d be shocked if the Cavaliers actually went through with moving the first overall pick. It takes a lot of guts to do that. Also, Sam Amick mentioned that Houston thinks they’ve already been outclassed in the asset department in trade talks.
We’ll be back with a piece on what might be involved in any potential trade with the Chicago Bulls. Other than having a load of assets (and Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose) and being in the Eastern Conference, they haven’t been in the spotlight too much by the national media regarding an attempt at trading for Love.