Timberwolves owner: ‘Not our plan’ to trade All-Star Love

Kevin Love has averaged 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds during his six-year career.


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Kevin Love might not be on the move anytime soon.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that it’€™s "€œnot our plan" to trade the All-Star power forward.

Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds last season, reportedly has no intention to sign a long-term deal next summer when he can opt out of his current deal.  

Two teams atop Love’€™s list of potential destinations are the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls, according to multiple reports. Love has spent his entire six-year career in Minnesota, averaging 19.2 points and 12.2 rebounds since being acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies for O.J. Mayo in a draft-day deal.

The contract terms were the first signs of strife for Love and the organization when former basketball boss David Kahn declined to give him the full five-year maximum deal that Love wanted.

Kahn was fired in 2013 and team president Flip Saunders has worked tirelessly to try to convince Love that he should stay in Minnesota where he can make about $26.5 million more than he can anywhere else.

But the Wolves have not made the playoffs in 10 years, a lack of success that has one of the best power forwards in the game growing more and more impatient.

The Associated Press contributed to this report