Skip to main content

Trade buzz: Love says Minnesota is better for him than L.A.

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The NBA trade deadline will strike at 2 p.m. Thursday and the rumors about Kevin Love going here or there were flying around late Tuesday night, but Love tried to squash the speculation that he would rather play in Los Angeles than Minnesota.

“People think it’s so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota. And I’m not s—— on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I’m having fun," the All-Star power forward told GQ.

Love spent some time with GQ to upgrade his "rugged swag feel" with his unkept beard and messy hair. GQ gave him a bit of an upgrade.

Meanwhile, trade rumors were swirling on Tuesday about Love possibly being dealt to the Mavericks or Lakers before Thursday's deadline. As it turns out, Dallas owner Mark Cuban basically shut the door on the Mavericks making a move.

"If you read about it, you know it's not true. I don't know if we got the Beach Boys booked, "Cuban said, via the Star Tribune. "Mark Cuban squashes crazy Kevin Love speculation."

Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin has a similar perspective, but one that doesn't rule out Love eventually playing elsewhere.

Minnesota’s man in charge Flip Saunders isn’t going to move Love at the deadline. Maybe this summer (if Love says he’s gone as a free agent), but more likely Saunders will massage the roster hoping for a Portland-like turnaround that will swing Love back toward staying in Minnesota. Saunders’ tip priority is to keep him. But a year from now, if Minnesota isn’t winning and winning a lot, Saunders may have no real choice but to deal. 

Another rumor to keep an eye on is the one that would swap Minnesota's J.J. Barea and Chase Budinger for Grizzlies veterans Tony Allen and Tayshaun Prince. The latest news says a deal could be on the way.

Next Up

u.s. attorney's office

St. Paul man sentenced for 2021 robbery spree

Warren Dean, 27, admitted to robbing seven St. Paul businesses in a span of three days.

FSmfYf0WABgrNhI

Stevens County may have been hit the hardest by Thursday storms

The entire county was without power after the storms blew through Thursday evening.

State Patrol

3 killed, 1 critical after trio of crashes in Minnesota Thursday

One person also faces life-threatening injuries in a crash that happened in Olmsted County.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 1.25.08 PM

Mora woman saves pelican caught in fishing line for days

A birthday fishing trip shapes into a heroic tale.

Kelsey Peterson in the documentary, "Move Me."

Doc depicting MN dancer's journey with paralysis debuts at Twin Cities film festival

The film surrounds St. Paul-born Kelsey Peterson, who continues to pursue her passions in dance after being paralyzed from the chest down in 2012.

Milwaukee Ave

Gallery: Rare opportunity to own a home on historic Milwaukee Avenue

All the houses on the avenue front onto a pedestrian mall in south Minneapolis.

US Secretary of Defense COVID vaccine flickr

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, May 13

The next update will be provided Monday.

storm

Minnesota part of the top 2 hurricane force wind events since 2004

Photo above shows the ominous view in Marshall, Minnesota as a dangerous line of storms approached Thursday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2022-05-13 at 9.24.48 AM

DFL efforts to pass abortion, reproductive health bills blocked in Senate

The push to pass a slate of abortion and healthcare-related bills comes after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft indicated Roe v Wade will be overturned.

Related