MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Throughout most of last season, Minnesota Timberwolves remained steadfast in their stance that they would not consider trading Kevin Love.
They were determined instead to convince the All-Star forward that he should sign an extension to remain after next season.
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With the NBA draft lottery coming up this week and an increasing concern that Love will leave for another team after next year, the Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading Love if the right deal comes along, two people with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Sunday.
The people requested anonymity because the team has not made final decisions on Love’s future in Minnesota. A likely asking price would include a high first-round pick in this year’s draft and a solid veteran or two who would come in and contribute right away to a team that is lacking in veteran leadership.
MILAN (AP) – Maccabi Tel Aviv dominated in overtime to beat Real Madrid 98-86 in the Euroleague basketball final Sunday as the Spanish team lost in the title game for the second successive year.
Cheered on by thousands of fans who had made the trip from Israel, Maccabi outscored Madrid 25-13 in the overtime period to win its fifth title.
Tyrese Rice scored 21 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and overtime for Maccabi. It was the first Euroleague final to go to OT since 1969.