Flip Saunders refutes report that Kevin Love has said he’ll opt out of contract
Minnesota Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders denied reports by veteran NBA reporter Peter Vecsey that Kevin Love informed him that the power forward intends to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract following the 2014-15 season and sign on with another team.
Prior 2 AS break, KL alerted Flip he’ll exercise summer ’15 out & sign elsewhere. Expect him 2B moved B4 deadline or off season
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) February 20, 2014
Following Wednesday’s huge win over the Indiana Pacers, Saunders took to Twitter to deny Vecsey’s claims, even cracking a joke about the topic of he and Love’s most recent conversation.
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
With the trade deadline concluding at 3:00 ET on Thursday, it appears that either Vecsey’s sources were incorrect or if his report is accurate, the Wolves won’t be dealing their best player this season.
The presumption among those in the know is that Love will grow tired of playing with the long-suffering franchise and will seek out sunnier locales — both figuratively and perhaps literally — the second he is able to exercise the opt-out clause of the foolish contract former general manager David Kahn orchestrated.
The logical assumption is that Love would be interested in heading back to the West Coast and play for the Los Angeles Lakers. But in comments made to GQ, Love wondered aloud why everyone just assumes that’s the case.
“People think it’s so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota,” Love said. “And I’m not shi**ing on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I’m having fun.”
Let’s see how much fun he is having come the end of next season. If the Wolves take the next step, start winning more than they lose, and make it to the postseason, who knows? In essence, that’s all that matters.