As the calendar turns to August and NBA rumors grind to a halt, fans mainly have two questions: 1) When does the season begin, and 2) When will Kevin Love get traded?
While the first question has a definitive answer, the second has been unknown — well, until now.
According to Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press, the Timberwolves are looking to trade Love by the end of this month, with Aug. 23 or 24 pinpointed as specific dates.
In the story is also a very telling quote from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who says regarding a trade: “I’m saying it’s most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that’s what he wants to do.”
While the Timberwolves have previously maintained hope that they could have a strong start to the season and convince Love to stay, it’s clear now that Love wants nothing to do with Minnesota.
The order of the line to get Love remains the same: the Cavaliers appear to be in the lead, as they are able to boast a package centered around No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. But the Timberwolves are also still in touch with the Warriors and Bulls, Love’s other suitors.
It won’t matter, though, if the Warriors aren’t willing to include Klay Thompson in a deal. The target date of late August was set for a reason: Wiggins cannot be traded until 30 days after he signs his rookie deal, and those dates just happen to be when he is eligible to be traded.
Now that there’s somewhat of a timeline to this process, the Warriors know they have a few weeks to change their minds on Klay. The question remains: will they?