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Height/Weight: 6-10/243 | Birthdate: 9/7/1988 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: UCLA | NBA Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 100/95 | Average Draft Position: 8.52
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Kevin Love deal morphs into three-team trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Cavaliers' acquisition of Kevin Love is set to go down Saturday, and Yahoo.com reports it will end up being a three-team deal.

The Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins , Anthony Bennett and a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers in exchange for Love, and are set to move one of those pieces to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

The Wolves will move the first-round pick -- a top-10 protected pick from Miami -- to the 76ers along with Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young, as first reported by the Minnesota Star-Tribune. 


Trade doesn't hurt Kevin Love's potential too much


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Though the move to Cleveland and a stacked Cavaliers roster should make life considerably easier for Kevin Love, should Fantasy owners be moving him down their draft boards a bit after Thursday's news?

Love carried a huge load for the Timberwolves last season, logging 36 minutes per game and finishing the season second in Fantasy scoring overall. He averaged a career-high 26.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, while adding 12.5 rebounds, but will now have to adjust to life as a second or even third option offensively.

With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving already on hand, Love is almost certainly going to take on a smaller scoring role. He attempted 18.5 field goals per game a year ago, which actually led this trio a year ago. However, he is also much more reliant on his teammates setting him up than the other two, so he should have the ball in his hands a little less by default.

Even if Love takes three fewer shots per game next season, there is little reason to drop him too much for Fantasy purposes. With his three-point range and offensive rebounding skills, Love still promises to be one of the most efficient scorers in the league. Even after adjusting his projection to reflect his new reality, Love is still projected for 23.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game next season.

Love likely won't be one of the three most productive Fantasy options in the league again next season, but there is no question he is still a slam dunk first-round pick. He shouldn't go much later than 8th overall on Draft Day. 


Report: Cavs, Wolves finalize Kevin Love deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The long-awaited deal to send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been agreed to, according to a Yahoo.com report Thursday.

Though the deal cannot be officially finalized until Aug. 23, the Timberwolves are expected to acquire the last two No. 1 overall picks in the deal, in the form of forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. They will also reportedly receive a 2015 first-round pick in the deal.

The report also indicates the Cavaliers have received a commitment from Love that he will opt out of his current contract next offseason and re-sign a five-year max contract worth $120 million. 


Blake Griffin, Kevin Love withdraw from Team USA activities


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Team USA will be without two of its star power forwards for the August FIBA World Cup, as Blake Griffin and Kevin Love both withdrew from participation.

According to the AP, Love wants to be cautious and not risk injury while seeking a trade from the Timberwolves.

Griffin said in a statement that he appreciated the invite but would decline the opportunity in order to focus his energy on improving the Clippers. 


Report: Bulls offer three players for Kevin Love


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) A rumor surfaced early Wednesday that indicated the Chicago Bulls would be willing to give up three players to obtain forward Kevin Love. According to SheridanHoops.com, Chicago has offered the Timberwolves bench stud Taj Gibson, first-round pick Doug McDermott and recently signed Spanish star Nikola Mirotic for Love. 

It's been speculated that rumors including Chicago are merely smokescreens to coax the Cavaliers into adding more to their reported offer. The report suggests that should Cleveland sweeten the deal by including a second future first rounder in addition to Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and the initial future first round pick, that Cleveland would have a better chance of stealing Love away from the Bulls. 

The Timberwolves would be wise to do everything in their power to speed up this process, considering Love is set to become a free agent next season and has already said that he will test the market. 


Report: Wolves, Warriors Kevin Love deal 'dead'


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) What seemed like a deal inching toward completion just a week ago is now considered "dead." According to Bleacher Report, talks between the Timberwolves and Warriors have ceased, making a deal involving Kevin Love "unlikely" to occur before the draft. 

Reports last week revolved around a possible Klay Thompson for Love swap that could include future draft picks or additional pieces, but apparently neither side could agree on exact terms. 


Warriors willing to deal Klay Thompson as part of possible Kevin Love trade


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Golden State may have just moved one step closer to trading for Kevin Love, as ESPN reported Thursday that the team would be willing to part ways with Klay Thompson to sweeten a potential deal with the Timberwolves. 

The Warriors would likely swap David Lee and perhaps a future first round pick to acquire Love's services for the coming season. A potential deal will now come down to whether the Timberwolves prefer a player-heavy or pick-heavy offer.

No matter where he ends up, Love currently stands to become a free agent in the summer of 2015, further complicating potential trade scenarios. 


Still nothing definitive in Kevin Love trade situation


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) While one report Wednesday suggested that the Timberwolves thought they wouldn't get a better offer than what the Celtics had put forth, another more recent report says that haul "isn't nearly the best" deal Minnesota has fielded for Kevin Love.

According to the Boston Globe, sources close to the situation say Boston's offer of first-round picks and young players doesn't peak the Timberwolves' interests. One source said the Nuggets and the Warriors have both made better offers for Love. The report also suggests that Minnesota is content picking 13th overall despite offers to move up. 


Flip Saunders calls his own number, will coach 'Wolves


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Timberwolves' president Flip Saunders confirmed to reporters Thursday that he will indeed be Minnesota's head coach for the 2014-'15 season, according to ESPN. 

Wednesday a report stated that Minnesota would try once more to talk Kevin Love into staying before ultimately deciding to trade him, but that trade talks wouldn't proceed until a new coach was found. So it shouldn't be too long before we know Love's fate and trade rumors begin to swirl. 

Saunders previously served as 'Wolves coach from 1995-2005. He led them to all eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004. Saunders most recently coached the Wizards in 2009.


Kevin Love's departure seems like a foregone conclusion


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) One day he's traipsing around Boston, chatting with Rajon Rondo and going to Red Sox games. The next day reports surface about his preferred destinations via trade. The writing is on the wall, and it reads: Kevin Love won't be a member of the Timberwolves for long.

Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that the Timberwolves are discussing deals involving Love, but that the team wouldn't commit to any deal until a new head coach had been hired. The report went on to note that Minnesota will once again try to convince Love to buy in once they've hired a new coach, but that the All-Star forward's longing to leave has not budged as of now. 

Right now he's a top-five Fantasy pick, and he'll stay that way if he moves to Boston. But should the Celtics land other talented free agents or Love get traded to a talented team like the Warriors or Rockets, you might consider dropping Love to top-ten range. I just can't see Love improving on 25-plus points, 12-plus rebounds and 4-plus assists per game. Only seven guys in the history of the league have achieved that line for a season, and, of those seven, only Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were able to do it in back-to-back seasons.

Report: Wolves open to idea of dealing Kevin Love


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) The Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading forward Kevin Love if the right deal comes along. But it won't happen before the upcoming NBA Draft, team owner Glen Taylor told the Associated Press on Sunday.

"Not by the draft,” Taylor said, per the Star Tribune.

The Celtics, Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Knicks and Suns are also possible trade destinations for Love.

Love led the league with a career-high 65 double-doubles last season. It was his second season of 60-plus double-doubles. In 77 games, Love averaged 21.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from downtown over that span.

Report: Kevin Love to test market if not traded


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Kevin Love's "people" have told the Timberwolves this week that if he's not traded, he'll leave via free agency when his contract is up after next season, the New York Daily News reports. Love is not interested in an extension, but has not requested a trade, according to a report from ESPN.

The Celtics are prepared to offer Minnesota a lottery pick in exchange for Love, if they don't land a top-3 spot in the lotery, per Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Knicks and Suns are also possible trade destinations for Love.

Love led the league with a career-high 65 double-doubles last season. It was his second season of 60-plus double-doubles. In 77 games, Love averaged 21.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from downtown over that span.


Kevin Love explodes for 43 points in loss to Kings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was back in action Sunday night, scoring a team-high 43 points on 12 of 23 from the floor, including 4 of 9 from downtown, and 15 of 17 from the charity stripe in his team's 106-103 defeat to Sacramento.

Love did all of his damage in 38 minutes of game action, also adding 11 rebounds and one assist. He is averaging 26.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his last three games played.

Elbow injury sidelines Kevin Love Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was a late scratch for Friday's game against the Rockets, due to a hyper-extended right elbow suffered in the team's previous game. He was ruled out just before gametime, and his status moving forward is not yet known, with the team's next game set for Sunday in Sacramento.

Kevin Love returns with double-double


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was back on the floor Tuesday against the Spurs, after sitting out the team's previous game with back spasms.

Love was able to play 33 minutes and played a big part in a 110-91 win. He scored 19 points despite not shooting the ball well, as he went 5 for 15 from the field but 7 for 7 at the free-throw line. He added 12 rebounds and four assists, though he also turned the ball over four times.

Love has been able to stay healthy this season, with his 73 games played matching his best total since he was a rookie. He is averaging 25.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game on the season, with just a few games left. 


Kevin Love expected back vs. Spurs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is expected back Tuesday night against San Antonio, head coach Rick Adelman told the Star Tribune on Monday.

Love was a late scratch Saturday in Orlando, after playing 45 minutes in a double-overtime win over the Heat the previous night. He leads the league with 60 double-doubles, and is averaging 26.0 points and 12.6 boards per contest.

Bask spasms force Kevin Love out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Magic, after coming down with back spasms.  Love played 45 minutes in the team's double-overtime win over the Heat Friday night, but it is not yet known when he suffered the injury.

Love will likely be considered day to day moving forward, with the team's next game set for Tuesday against San Antonio. 


Kevin Love records second-career triple-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love had another monster game on Friday, securing his second-career triple-double in a 143-107 victory over the Lakers.

Love scored 22 points on 6 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point land, and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He completed the triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also chipped in with one steal while logging 29 minutes of game action.

All two of Love's double-doubles have come this season. He is averaging 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists over his last five games.

Kevin Love posts insane 36-14-9 line in loss to Suns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love put together a dominant performance, falling just one assist shy of triple-double in a 127-120 loss to the Suns on Sunday.

Love scored 36 points on 11 of 27 from the floor, including 3 of 10 from downtown, and 11 of 12 from the throw line. He completed a double-double with 14 rebounds, also adding nine assists and two steals while logging 38 minutes of game action.

Love became the eighth player -- the first since Russell Westbrook in 2010 -- to post a similar line He leads the league with 55 double-doubles. He is averaging 28.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists over his last five games.

Kevin Love flirts with triple-double vs. Raptors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love flirted with a triple-double on Sunday against the Raptors.

Love scored 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting, including 4 of 9 from downtown, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. He also chipped in with one block and one steal while logging 41 minutes of game action in a 111-104 loss. He is averaging 25.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists over his last five games.

Kevin Love back to form with double-double Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) One game after ending his double-double streak with a 19-point, eight-rebound performance, Timberwolves forward Kevin Love began a new streak with a team-high 28 points on 10 of 18 shooting and 14 rebounds in his team's 114-101 win over the Pistons Friday.

Love hadn't missed a double-double in a game since late January before Wednesday's 19-8 line, but he bounced back to record his 51st double-double of the season Friday, adding five assists and two steals in 36 minutes. He has averaged 26.3 points and 13.1 rebounds over 59 games played.


Kevin Love first to reach 50 double-doubles


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love registered an NBA-best 50th double-double Monday night, scoring 33 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in a 132-128 win over the Nuggets in Denver.

Love shot 10 of 21 from the floor, including 2 of 6 from deep, and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. He also tallied four assists and two steals while logging 38 minutes of game action. 

Love has doubled up in each of his last six games. He is averaging 31.2 points, 12.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists over his last five games.


Kevin Love records first career triple-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love continued to shoulder the load as he knocked down six treys and recorded his first career triple-double in his team's 121-104 victory over the Jazz in Utah on Saturday.

Five of his six triples came in the third quarter. Love shot 11 of 20 from the floor, including 6 of 10 from 3-point land, and 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. He finished the game with 37 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and one steal while logging 33 minutes of game action. 

Love has scored at least 30 points in each of his last four games played. He has averaged 35.5 points, 12.3 rebounds and five assists over that span.


Kevin Love scores 42 points in double-double Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love scored a team-high 42 points on 14 of 22 shooting, including 5 of 10 shooting from behind the arc, while grabbing 16 rebounds in his team's 104-91 win over the Pacers Wednesday.

It was Love's third straight double-double, and he topped 30 points in each of them, peaking with Wednesday's performance. He also added one assist and one steal in 37 minutes. Love has averaged 25.9 points and 13.2 rebounds over 52 games played.


Will Kevin Love finish the season in Minnesota?


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Kevin Love's dissatisfaction with his current situation in Minnesota has been no secret this season, and other teams have taken notice. NBA Insider Ken Berger reported Tuesday that both the Lakers and the Mavericks are maneuvering to make offers to the Timberwolves for Love. 

The report goes on to say that a source familiar with the strategy of general manager Flip Saunders says there's "no way" a deal involving Love goes through. 

Still, it's widely believed that Love will decline his 2015 player option, despite the fact that Love told GQ that Minnesota has a better foundation than Los Angeles and that he's having fun this season. Love is having a historically great season, averaging 25.8 points, 13.2 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.