Saunders refutes report that Wolves' Love has asked to opt out

  • Article by: KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 3:08 PM

Speculation on Wolves star Kevin Love’s future, already a hot topic, was turned up a few notches Wednesday night.

Longtime NBA writer Peter Vecsey tweeted Wednesday that Love had informed Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders before the All-Star break that he will opt out of his contract following the 2014-15 season and sign elsewhere.

Vecsey didn’t say who provided him the information. In a subsequent tweet Vecsey said to expect Love to be traded by Thursday’s 2 p.m. trade deadline or during the offseason.

More of Vecsey's tweets about Love are here.

And, very quickly, Saunders refuted Vecsey’s claim, not long after Love had scored 42 points in an impressive victory over Indiana at Target Center.

Shortly after the game ended, Saunders sent out a tweet saying the rumor that Love had told him about opting out was false. Saunders ended the tweet with a joke. saying that in his last conversation with Love the All-Star forward told him “how bad my sports coat was.”

 

Still, this adds fuel to an already burning fire of speculation about Love and his future with the team.

Other trade rumors

With the trading deadline looming, one question Wednesday was how much rumors will become a distraction.

Not at all, said Chase Budinger.

I’m used to it, said J.J. Barea.

Budinger and Barea are the two Wolves players most often mentioned in trade rumors, with more than one source saying the Wolves have talked with Memphis about a trade involving both players.

Wolves coach Rick Adelman has been going through this a long time. It’s his belief that any rumor can affect a player.

“I think it does,” he said. “They’re only human. It’s a tough time of year, especially if something happens. Because then you have to pick up and you only have a few days to figure out what you’re going to do with everything.”

We’ll know by 2 p.m. Thursday. Until then …

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