He's aimed toward a late March return, about the same time Chase Budinger is due back. But at that point will it make sense to bring Love back for just the final few weeks of the season? It will if you're trying to convince fans there's still a reason to believe in next season.
If they do, expect them to deal future draft picks, Luke Ridnour and/or Brandon Roy's contract for a legitimately sized shooting guard. Possibilities: Boston's Courtney Lee, left, Orlando's J.J. Redick, Phoenix's Jared Dudley, New York's Ronnie Brewer, Utah's Alec Burks/Raja Bell or Philadelphia's Evan Turner.
Unless they somehow make the playoffs, the Wolves will have both their own first-round pick and the Grizzlies' first-rounder. Owner Glen Taylor has proven loyal to a fault before, but will he really entrust the draft to a guy who has hit big only once -- Ricky Rubio -- in nine first-round picks so far?
Most likely, but Love's return to good health probably dooms his long-term future here because both are undersized power forwards.
He's unlikely to be traded by Thursday, but a July sign-and-trade deal is a whole other matter IF Wolves management decides he's not worth a $12 million-plus salary offer he could get as a restricted free agent this summer.
|Atlanta - LP: A. Wood||0||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - WP: A. Bastardo||1|
|Cleveland - LP: D. Salazar||5||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: J. Verlander||7|
|Toronto - LP: R. Dickey||0||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||7|
|Seattle - LP: J. Beimel||6||FINAL|
|Texas - WP: P. Figueroa||8|
|Los Angeles||2||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Colorado||0||Bottom 1st Inning|
|St. Louis - A. Wainwright||6:05 PM|
|Washington - T. Jordan|
|Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo||6:05 PM|
|Pittsburgh - E. Volquez|
|NY Yankees - C. Sabathia||6:10 PM|
|Tampa Bay - D. Price|
|Toronto - D. McGowan||6:10 PM|
|Minnesota - M. Pelfrey|
|Boston - J. Lester||7:10 PM|
|Chicago WSox - C. Sale|
|Kansas City - J. Shields||7:10 PM|
|Houston - S. Feldman|
|Los Angeles||9:30 PM|