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Continued: With Kevin Love traded, Timberwolves hoping to establish an identity

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 24, 2014 - 7:09 AM

“You are talking about a guy who people thought was the best player to come out of high school since LeBron James,” Saunders said. “He has phenomenal ability. He has a lot of work to do, but I know that he is a willing learner.”

Four months of research and negotiation culminated with Saturday’s trade and when it finally arrived, Saunders and Wolves General Manager Milt Newton looked at each other in the team’s offices with the same question:

So what do we do now?

Their next move could be trading or releasing veteran guard J.J. Barea to clear a roster spot for second-round pick Glenn Robinson III, although Saunders made it clear Saturday he’s willing to trade any player if the deal makes his team better.

For now, Saunders will welcome his three newest players this coming week with their State Fair visit, personal appearances and three days of workouts together.

Saunders is hopeful this is the start of a relationship that will convince all three players that their future is in Minnesota, which in turn will convince others of the same.

“Our NBA has changed a bit,” Saunders said. “Instead of destination cities, it has become destination players. It seems players gravitate toward other players to play with. We feel with some of the players we have, we’re going to have the ability to get players to gravitate towards our organization because of that.”



 

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