Wolves Mull Love Trade, Eye Mitchell For Coach

3:05pm: The Rockets are also planning an aggressive pursuit of Love, according to Wojnarowski (on Twitter).  Kevin McHale has a strong bond with the UCLA product.

10:35am: Love has made it clear to the Wolves that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent after next season and has no interest in a contract extension this summer to stay in Minnesota, write Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com. The article also notes that Love has stated his willingness to accept a deal to the Bulls and Warriors. Sources have told ESPN.com that the Warriors have emerged as a top contender for Love should Minnesota relent and decide to trade him. Golden State doesn’t have a stash of draft picks to offer the Wolves like Phoenix or Boston could offer, but the Warriors could assemble a trade package featuring forwards Harrison Barnes and David Lee, according to the article.

8:56am: It appears that the Timberwolves will seriously consider trading Kevin Love, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. “For the first time, [Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option,” a rival executive told Wojnarowski. Love has an early termination option in his contract that he can exercise next summer. This is putting pressure on the Wolves front office to improve the team enough to convince Love to stay, or trade him for assets instead of risking losing him for nothing. This also comes on the heels of the reports that Minnesota was looking at power forwards in the upcoming draft.

The article also notes that the Celtics, Warriors, Lakers, and Suns are all strong candidates to partner with in a trade for Love if the Wolves decide to move him. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources told Wojnarowski.

No team is likely to trade for Love without an assurance that he’ll commit to a five-year, $100 million maximum contract extension, notes Wojnarowski. Despite a belief that Love prefers Los Angeles or New York as potential destinations, he’s open to deals in other markets where he can be part of an immediate contender, the article says.

Wojnarowski is also reporting that Sam Mitchell has emerged as a serious candidate for the franchise’s head coaching job. Mitchell reportedly left a good impression with Saunders in a recent meeting. Mitchell has a strong history with Minnesota, where he had two stops as a player, and Mitchell played for Saunders during his second stint.

The Wolves have also contacted several top college coaches, including Florida’s Billy Donovan, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, Wojnarowski notes, but those coaches weren’t inclined to seriously consider the position. The general belief that the Wolves will have to trade Love has made coaches leery of the franchise’s future, according to the article.

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15 thoughts on “Wolves Mull Love Trade, Eye Mitchell For Coach

    • $67479336

      Bulls lack the assets to make that trade, and the cap room to give him a true max extension it’s not happening.

      • ManBearPig618

        They’d definitely have to get creative, but a deal with one (or both) of their first rounders this year, the rights to Mirotic, Jimmy Butler, and some throw ins to make the cap work would probably be close to getting it done.

        • $67479336

          No way a 16 and 19 pick is going to get the job done. They’re going to want at least one high lotto pick and will likely see several teams offering it in a package. Lakers, Celtics, and Cavs all have top 10 picks they’d likely build a package around.

          • ManBearPig618

            Again, I’m not saying it’s likely – only that the Bulls would be able to make an offer Minnesota would definitely listen to. You are also overlooking a few things in your analysis:

            1) No team is giving up significant assets for Love unless there’s a guarantee he’ll sign there. That being said, you can pretty much cross Cleveland off the list, as well as the Celtics. Love doesn’t want a rebuilding situation. I only leave LAL on because they still have Kobe and it’s close to home for him.

            2) The center of the Bull’s offer isn’t the 16 +19 pick – it’s Mirotic. If he were in this draft, he’d be a basic lock for top 5. Considering Minny would land him, two additional first rounders, and a very capable ‘glue’ guy in Butler, it’s a definite possibility.

  1. guccci7383

    celtics should put something together see what love and rondo can do in the weak east next yr.
    C’s have the picks to make a move this offseason

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