Report: Saunders new coach, but Love still wants out

Report: Saunders new coach, but Love still wants out
June 5, 2014, 10:30 am
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Kevin Love was named 2nd-Team All-NBA on Wednesday. (USATI)

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Flip Saunders hired Flip Saunders as the next coach of the Timberwolves. So, of course Kevin Love wants to stay in Minnesota now, Right?

Um, no.

Love knew all along the Timberwolves would hire a new – likely fine, but unspectacular – coach this offseason. That it’s Saunders rather than Dave Joerger or Lionel Hollins or Sam Mitchell doesn’t matter much. Minnesota, right now, isn’t anymore appealing than the moment prior to Saunders’ decision.

The Timberwolves probably aren’t convincing Love to stay, but if they want to dare him to leave, they can.

That starts with having a strong season – making the playoffs at minimum and probably more. Then next summer, they must offer Love a max contract – worth more than any other team can pay him.

Maybe, just maybe, Love won’t be able to pull the trigger on taking less money to leave a winning team.

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