Kevin Love's representatives make interesting request: No questions about Boston Celtics
Kevin Love made the media rounds Wednesday and sounded very much like someone who would prefer to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Asked specifically if he wants out, he told ESPN's SportsNation, "My agent is handling everything at this point."
Love pointed out that the Timberwolves have yet to make the playoffs during his six years before finishing his answer: "I'm hoping that everything works out for all parties involved."
During another interview, he discussed having a "great relationship" with new Minnesota coach Flip Saunders, who also serves as the team's president of basketball operations. Despite all the indications Love intends to opt out of his contract next summer and does not want to continue his business relationship with the Timberwolves, Saunders might still hope to convince his star player to stay. But Love added that he wants to go somewhere he can win, again bringing up that he has never qualified for the postseason.
"In six years I haven't been in the playoffs, and I think it's time for people to be watching me," he said, as featured on FoxSports.com.
Love continued, "I don't really have a wish list, I just want to win, wherever that may be. One of the 30 teams; (I) want to play for a great coach, great teammates ... it's not about just one player. It's not about myself, it's about a whole team."
Asked about the Timberwolves future, Love referred to his current team as "they."
Interestingly, when Love's representatives set up a phone interview with The Big Lead, they included only one rule: no questions about the Boston Celtics. The website was allowed to ask about any other team; one question referenced the Cleveland Cavaliers' reported pursuit. (He replied, in part, "I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.) But for whatever reason, Love's agents ruled Celtics talk off limits. The 25-year-old very publicly visited Boston two weekends ago in what has been called a message.
Also interesting: Love described what it's like to hear rumors every time he steps into another basketball city without mentioning the media frenzy he created by spending a few days in Boston. Nobody got crazier to spot Love in town than Celtics fans did, but he noted two other cities instead.
"In a lot of ways it’s laughable, but in other ways I guess it’s humbling for a number of reasons. I can’t go anywhere without someone saying I’m going to their team," he told The Big Lead. "A Brewers game? I’m going to the Milwaukee Bucks. If I spend time in South Beach, it’s the Miami Heat. It’s funny how the world works. I respect what people put out there, but a lot of it is not true and laughable. At the same time, it’s fun and nice to be wanted."
So if Love's conscientiously dancing around Celtics chatter, he's obviously coming to Boston. Right? Well... 1) It might mean nothing at all. And 2) He's still a free agent. Though he does hold some level of leverage because of his contract situation, he can't just pick exactly where he wants to go. The Celtics will be able to build a competitive offer, but they would be one of many teams lusting after Love's services. If the Wolves trade Love, there's no promise they will like the Celtics' trade offer most.
What we should really take away from Love's series of interviews: He sounds very much like a man who wants out of Minnesota. We knew his stance before, but it's more obvious than ever now. He sounds like a goner to me.