Kevin Love Laughs Offs Trade Rumors

by February 21, 2014
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Much like team owner Glen Taylor and GM Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves star forward Kevin Love tactfully batted away media-driven rumors that he wants out. Love says he just wants to focus on his job with the Wolves, and not worry about the future. Per the Pioneer Press:

“It’s a media-driven story,” Love said. “I just, for the past couple of years, can’t believe some of the stuff that’s come out.”

Love, a three-time all-star, is set to earn $15.7 million next season and has the option to void the $16.7 million on the table in the final year of his contract in 2015-16. After the Wolves’ victory over Indiana on Wednesday, (Hall of Famer writer Peter Vecsey), without citing a source, tweeted that Love has already told Saunders he will opt out.

Asked directly if he told Saunders that, Love said, “No.”

“I got a slew of those questions at (the All-Star Game) and basically said I’m done talking about it,” Love said. “Then Peter Vecsey, who I don’t think I’ve ever talked to, comes out with a story.”

“It comes with the territory, but I just don’t want to talk about it because it takes away from the team,” Love said.