NBA Trade Talk: What do Flip Saunders comments mean for Kevin Love's Minnesota future?

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The new Minnesota coach drew comparisons between the all-star and Kevin Garnett, who left the Timberwolves in 2007.

Minnesota Timberwolves president, head coach and part-owner Flip Saunders had some choice words for wantaway star Kevin Love ahead of a critical off-season for the team.

After coming down from the front office to take over as the team's coach last week, Saunders said Love has 'no right' to be frustrated with the direction the team is heading in.

"Just like I told (Kevin) Garnett, he didn't have a right to be frustrated," Saunders said. "Why does any player have a right to be frustrated? You're either part of the problem or part of the solution.

"I tell a story about -- we were in the locker room when KG was in like his third year in the league, and Sam Mitchell was sitting in the locker room," the coach added. "KG was in there, and we had lost a couple games, and we were all sitting there talking.

"KG started going, 'Hey, you've got to start doing more.' And he's talking to some of the bench guys. 'You've got to start doing more.' And Sam said, 'Hey, hold it, hold it. Let me tell you something. You're making all the money. Hey, it's your responsibility. You make the money, you've got to live up to that.' So, that was the mentality, and from that time, KG never ever from that point, he always took responsibility."

The parallels between Garnett and Love are clear – Garnett was an all-star power forward stuck on the small market team with no real hope of winning a title, the same situation Love is in now.

But comparing the two is not a wise move from Saunders. When Garnett left the Timberwolves he was rewarded with an NBA championship, and Love will be looking to follow in his footsteps.

Saunders claims that the Love's max deal puts the sole responsibility of bringing playoff basketball to Minnesota on the power forward. However, the all-star can make the same money elsewhere with a team capable of putting a contending roster around him.

Love remains determined to opt out of his contract in 2015 and Saunders' tough love speech is unlikely have much of an effect. In fact, it may push him closer to the door.