The Kings reportedly have let the Wolves know that they would be interested in making a trade for Kevin Love even without assurances that he'll re-sign beyond the one year he has left before he can opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

Here's the problem: Love is not a guy you trade solely for hope and salary relief. If he's going to be dealt anywhere, it has to be to a team that believes it can re-sign him — or at least a team that is assured he will not opt-out, thus guaranteeing at least two years of his services — because that's when he has real value. If Love truly wants out of Minnesota, he can at least give that assurance.

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