The Golden State Warriors have emerged as the frontrunners to land Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but that doesn’t mean they’re going all in for the superstar.
In fact, it may be the Warriors who are turning down offers from the Timberwolves. According to Tim Kawikami of the San Jose Mercury News, the Warriors “flat out will not do the deals that Minnesota is currently suggesting.”
For instance, according to Kawikami, the Timberwolves are insisting that the Warriors take back Kevin Martin along with Love, which the Warriors have no interest in doing. Another issue, which is perhaps even larger, is that the Timberwolves want both Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes in a deal for Love, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. The Warriors will not do this, and rightfully so.
But the Timberwolves aren’t going to back off their aggressive trade demands, and they don’t need to. They know they have until the trade deadline next season to deal Love, who becomes a free agent after the 2014-2015 season. Thus, there’s no need for them to desperate look for options to trade Love, and there’s no need for the Warriors to desperately look to acquire him.
That may be Flip Saunders’ thinking. According to Wojnarowsk, “Saunders is going around discussing deals that won’t happen, so he can go back to Love and his agent and say ‘we tried, see you in training camp.’ ”
Wojnarowski’s quote certainly corresponds with this report out of Minnesota (h/t Diamond Leung):
TWolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda: Love trade “going to take an offer that’s probably going to be a bit over the top.” http://t.co/DQM5GOWv0I
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) June 21, 2014
It seems as if the Warriors are unlikely to pull off a trade for Love anytime soon, unless the Timberwolves back off their unrealistic trade demands.