Wolves Ready To Examine Kevin Love Trades For First Time
The Minnesota Timberwolves are under pressure to begin consider trade scenarios for Kevin Love, according to sources.
Love is anxious to exercise his Early Termination Option in the summer of 2015 to leave as a free agent.
"For the first time, [Flip Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option," one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.
The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among the teams determined to make a serious run at Love in trade discussions.
The Celtics and Lakers will make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in their offers for Love.
No team, however, is likely to trade for Love without an assurance that he'll commit to a five-year, $100 million max contract.
There has been a belief that Love would seek a big market such as Los Angeles or New York, but he's open to deals in markets in which he can be part of an immediate contender.
The Houston Rockets are also planning an aggressive pursuit for Love. Kevin McHale has a strong bond with Love.
But Saunders wants to convince Love to reconsider before looking at trades.
ESPN's Marc Stein reports that the Warriors and Chicago Bulls are the destinations that are most appealing to Love.