(CBS) While rumors swirl that Kevin Love wants to be traded from Minnesota, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said he doesn’t intend to move his star player prior to the end of his contract, which Love can opt out of after the 2015 season.
Of course, he also left the window to a trade slightly cracked.
“I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that’s not our plan,” Taylor told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
“I’m not in a position where you would say absolutely I wouldn’t do it, because what if something that I can’t even speculate (on) happens? You’d say, ‘You’re nuts, Glen.’ Maybe some team puts a value on him that’s different than we suspect.”
Love would like to be traded to a contender this offseason, and if he isn’t, he intends to opt out of his contract in the summer of 2015, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has reported. Since that report, Golden State, Phoenix, Chicago, Boston and the L.A. Lakers are rumored to have been interested.
On Monday, ESPN’s Bill Simmons also tweeted the Bulls could be looking to acquire more assets to make a run at Love.
Still, the man in charge in Minnesota doesn’t want it to come to that.
“At this point, we’re not talking to any teams,” Taylor said, according to the Pioneer Press. “I haven’t heard from Kevin or his agents or anything like that. We’re assuming that Kevin will be here next season, and we’re working with that scenario. This isn’t the time for us to do anything but to prepare for next year.”