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Kevin Love to become free agent in 2015

Kevin Love, on May 18, said that he has no intention of signing a long-term contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves over the summer and plans on testing the free agent market after next season.

Minnesota Timberwolves star Kevin Love said he intends to exercise the early termination clause in his contract at the end of next season.
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The three-time All-Star signed a four-year, $62 million contract in January 2012 but has an early termination option, which allows him to become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

According to sources, Love has stressed to the Timberwolves that he's desperate to get to a winning situation and that the constant losing has worn on him. Minnesota, which went 40-42 in 2013-14, has not made the playoffs with Love on the team.

Minnesota has rebuffed trades for Love in the past, at the behest of owner Glen Taylor, but with his intentions known the team has a choice to make.

Golden State, Chicago, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston and Phoenix are among the teams that have been mentioned as possible suitors for the 25-year old power forward. However, many more teams could become interested once the lottery is determined on May 20.

Love averaged a career-best 26.1 points a game along with 12.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists (also a career best) last year. He shot 45.7 percent from the field and 37.6 percent from beyond the arc along with 82.1 percent from the charity stripe. Love also produced 65 double-doubles and three triple-doubles.