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Shortly after Vecsey put out this series of tweets, Timberwolves general manager Flip Saunders came out and flatly denied them.
Rumors of Love telling me he's opting out & wants 2 b traded r false. Last convo I had w/ him was him telling me how bad my sports coat was.
— Flip Saunders (@Flip_Saunders) February 20, 2014
Earlier in the day Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor also said that he hasn’t been presented any trades involving Love. They are trying to build around him still, with their eyes currently set on Memphis’ Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince.
Regardless of whether they want to deal with it right now, the Wolves certainly have a problem on their hands with Love’s pending free agency. They’re fortunate that he says all the right things publicly. During All-Star Weekend he mocked how easily rumors get started and in an interview with GQ Magazine he voiced confidence in his team and said that they’re better than the Lakers, the team many have reported he wants to join.
However, the threat of losing him for nothing next summer is one they can only ignore for so long. Love’s not going to sign an extension this offseason – but he probably wouldn’t even if he was happy, it’s just not a good business decision – and more competitive teams with better track records are going to come after him hard in free agency. Minnesota, even with the ability to offer him an extra year at $20+ million than everyone else, would still be at somewhat of a disadvantage. They still have time to give him the necessary help to strongly consider staying, but if they don’t do so by this time next year, Taylor is going to have trade offers for Love on his desk awaiting his approval.
In Wednesday night’s contest Iman Shumpert suffered an injury, so this deal likely would have been doomed even if it was still being discussed.
Attaching Felton to Shumpert seemed to be the only way the Knicks were willing to let him go, which has been enough to scare away every team. Felton is on the books through 2015-16 for just under $4 million a year. It’s his play that scares teams away more than his contract, though. Felton is averaging career-lows nearly across the board; the Knicks are likely going to be stuck with him for the duration of his deal, or at least until it only has a couple months left on it.
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