Kevin Love Unsure About Future With Wolves

12:29pm: In a follow-up tweet, Wojnarowski says it's clear that Love feels "deeply connected" to the T-Wolves' fanbase, loves Minnesota as a sports town, and badly wants to win a championship there. As Wojnarowski's original column suggested, however, it seems that Love isn't sure whether Wolves management is as committed to him long-term.

WEDNESDAY, 11:58am: Love spoke to the media today to clarify some of the comments he made to Wojnarowski. Here's a recap of what he said, according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune (all links go to Twitter):

  • While he meant everything he said, Love added that he also said many positive things about the Timberwolves that weren't included in the piece.
  • Love has spoken to Rick Adelman and David Kahn about his comments, and plans to speak to Glen Taylor as well.
  • Love didn't intend to alienate the team or T-Wolves fans with his comments.
  • Love would "love to" end his career with the Timberwolves.

TUESDAY, 2:44pm: Adrian Wojnarowski's latest piece at Yahoo! Sports features plenty of discussion with Kevin Love about his current contract, his future with the Timberwolves, and the team's roster decisions. The story includes plenty of eyebrow-raising quotes from Love, so let's dive right in and check out a few of the highlights from the All-Star forward….

On the T-Wolves' perception of him, and the team's decision not to offer him a five-year contract extension:

"I don't know who labels people stars, but even [Timberwolves owner] Glen Taylor said: I don't think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn't led us to the playoffs. I mean, it's not like I had much support out there…. That's a tough pill to swallow."

On questions about whether his broken hand happened in the way he described:

"Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question. And that's what really hurt me."

On the T-Wolves' frequent roster changes:

"You walk into the locker room every year, and it's completely turned over. There's new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a… plan?"

On his future:

"I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me, and the people who have done wrong by me. It will be embedded in my brain, and something I won't forget about. There's no telling what will happen. I would love to compete for a championship in Minnesota, but….

"I haven't been in the playoffs yet. I'm looking at my contract in the eye of two years from now, and if I haven't been to the playoffs – or it's been one playoff berth – well, it's going to be tough to say, 'Oh well, I'm going to stay here and continue to rebuild.'"

On Minnesota's decision to trade Al Jefferson after Love's second season:

"We should've at least tried [making it work with Jefferson], especially with way things were going. I was beginning to figure things out in my second season. Everybody knew what Al was capable of, and is still capable of. It was definitely worth the risk of seeing what would happen. If it didn't work, then go another way. But we never tried it."

On how feeling slighted by members of the Wolves' organization has fueled him:

"That's the crazy thing about this: There's this whole [expletive]-up, cynical thing going on in my head, where I love people telling me what I can't do, telling me this what you're going to be, this is your ceiling. Just everybody projecting for me. I'm not breaking any bounds or barriers saying this, but I think all kids – white, black, purple, whatever color – in basketball should never put a limit on themselves. I've had plenty of people tell me who I was going to be, and I feel like, for the time being, I've exceeded that."

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22 Comments on "Kevin Love Unsure About Future With Wolves"


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john
2 years 7 months ago

How soon til he is traded?

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Hec4Mets
2 years 7 months ago

He’s gone in 2 years from the T-Wolves this pretty much shows it unless they make the playoffs and has a change of heart… Would love for the Magic to get him in 2 years.

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Lee Thompson
2 years 7 months ago

Pau Gasol for Kevin Love that should be the next step for the Timberwolves, get a seasoned vet that can lead a team with his countryman Rubio!

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darksavior
2 years 7 months ago

you have to be a laker fan to make that trade lol

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Peter Maguire
2 years 7 months ago

Yeah the Wolves need the Rubio and Pau connection! Lakers with Love might look OK.

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dwarfcatt
2 years 7 months ago

I hate living in Minnesota

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Shawn Scott
2 years 7 months ago

OKC: give you Perkins and two 1st round picks (not Toronto’s pick for Love)

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Michael Nguyen
2 years 7 months ago

Best PF in the game today. and you guys think Pau Gasol or Perkins is anything close what this guy price tag is. You people are ridiculous.

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john
2 years 7 months ago

laker fans live in laker world where mwp is equal to durant and gasol is equal to klove

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Dennard or my alias
2 years 7 months ago

He should come play with the bulls

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mthashp
2 years 7 months ago

You have to wonder, why come out and say all this now?

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Marty Susman
2 years 7 months ago

Love NEEDS to next make it 100% clear he will NOT resign & he will only except a trade to the Lakers….

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john
2 years 7 months ago

sure howard for love sounds like a great deal

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Peter Maguire
2 years 7 months ago

Done! in a heartbeat!!! Howard is nothing compared to Love – the Lakers instantly become a force with Love and are now hurting horribly due to Howards minimal attributes as an all around player.

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RFsnapple
2 years 7 months ago

lakers are done this season and cant afford anyone for next. lala land basketball is shiteeeee.

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PosterToBeBannedLater
2 years 7 months ago

Sharktank will be over by then, so Cuban will be able to court him in person

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LoudPack$
2 years 7 months ago

sixers need to trade bynum for love

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Guest
2 years 7 months ago

To bad the Raps aren’t a match…
and of course if Love wants to be surrounded with talent, he probably wouldn’t want to go to TO anyway…

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Cale
2 years 7 months ago
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Peter Maguire
2 years 7 months ago

He was born to be a LAKER!!!

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BeardOfWonder
2 years 7 months ago

Time to make Uncle Drew + Uncle Wes a reality.

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Joe
2 years 7 months ago

Kevin Love could be a good trade target for the Cavs for Anderson Verajo and maybe some draft picks. The Cavs wanna show Lebron that they are willing to build a championship team so he may consider returning.

 

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