In the past six seasons in a Minnesota Timberwolves uniform, Kevin Love has become the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise. Minnesota Timbewolves fans and NBA fans a like have even compared his talents to the great Wes Unseld. Kevin Love has been the all-star that everyone in Minnesota has hoped would come around since the franchise traded away Kevin Garnett. Although he has been a bright light in an otherwise dark alley that is the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise, he is now on the verge of completing his contract with the Timberwolves. He has one year left on his contract with the Timberwolves, and has publicly stated that he is not wanting to renew or extend his contract with the franchise. So what now? The Timberwolves can't actually believe that getting rid of Kevin Love, our most inspiring player since Kevin Garnett, is the best option for the team? Luckily, there is a great option available for both Love and the Timberwolves to make both happy with the current situation in Minnesota.
ESPN.com reported that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors were in talks to trade Kevin Love and Kevin Martin of the Timberwolves for shooting guard Klay Thompson, Power Forward David Lee, and the Golden State Warriors first round draft pick of the Golden State Warriors. http://espn.go.com/blog/marc-stein/post/_/id/2560/warriors-add-thompson-to-love-talks
Not only is this a great trade for Kevin Love, who is from the west coast of the United States and who attended UCLA for college, but it is a great trade for the Timberwolves. The Timberwolves are lacking in solid shooting guards on their roster, with Kevin Martin as the only true shooting guard. The Timberwolves would also get a highly effective power forward who could contribute immediately in David Lee. The first round pick could then be used to add depth to the squad, someone who could spread the game out as an effective 3 point shooter, like Nic Stauskas of Michigan or Gary Harris of Michigan State. Although the Timberwolves would prefer to hang on to Kevin Love, given that Kevin Love wants to leave and that he is high demand now, it is a good a time as any to look into getting high quality players to replace Kevin Love. Although it would be a sad day for Minnesota Timberwolves fans to see Kevin Love leave Minnesota, this trade is as good as it gets for replacing the face of the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise.