Love has made it clear this season he doesn’t want to talk about the matter by usually saying he’s just living in the present. During the Wolves’ trip to Mexico City, he looked for a team public-relations person to run interference when asked a question about it.
“What’s there to say?” he asked. “I don’t know what else to say.”
Asked when is the right time to think about his future, he said: “You know, I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that. Probably after what, next season?”
The Wolves can extend in January 2015 Love’s contract by two years, but it’s unlikely he’ll agree to that. If he opts out that next summer, the team can sign him to a five-year extension, one year longer than any other team can offer.
“I think it will be more under a microscope next year, at the trade deadline or after the trade deadline,” Love said. “People will continue to talk about it, but it’s something that comes with the territory whether you like it or not. I feel like everybody who’s been in the position to be a free agent has been through it and it’s just the way it is.”
Fellow All Star Carmelo Anthony went through the same experience three years ago before he forced a blockbuster trade at the 2011 February deadline from Denver to New York.
“Just play basketball,” Anthony said Friday when asked for his advice. “I can only talk about my experience, what I was going through. My thing was to play and everything else will handle itself. What’s most important? Family, that’s most important. It comes down to your own personal feelings. Sometimes you have to go with your gut.”
Chris Bosh left Toronto to sign as a free agent with Miami along with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2010. The Raptors and Heat worked a sign-and-trade arrangement that brought Toronto two first-round picks.
“Don’t try to predict your future, just live for the day,” Bosh said. “Make sure you’re maximizing your effort on the court every night, which he [Love] does, because you can’t predict the future. You know, the scenario he thinks probably is going to happen isn’t going to happen. I know that from experience.”