The Minnesota Timberwolves star has decided to miss the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love has pulled out of Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup due to uncertainty surrounding his future.
With no end in sight to the speculation surrounding his potential trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love has elected to miss the tournament.
The Cavs are reportedly prepared to offer a trade package involving 2014 number one pick Andrew Wiggins for Love, who made his third All Star appearance last season.
Also in the mix are the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls. The Wall Street Journal reports that the New York Knicks also made a speculative trade offer to acquire the big man.
The USA will head into the FIBA World Cup as the favourite to win the competition, but the team will face a tough task to reach the final. Hosts Spain, lead by brothers Marc and Pau Gasol, will be extremely tough opposition.
On Twitter, basketball bans were predictably disappointed to hear that Love would not be making an appearance at the competition.
Kevin Love's decision to bail on World Cup because he might get traded = my dog ate my homework on list of dumb excuses.— Michael DeCourcy (@tsnmike) July 26, 2014
I mean, Kevin Love's never made the playoffs, so who's to say he would even help USA get to the finals #FactsOnly— Chris Towers (@CTowersCBS) July 26, 2014
My day has been ruined. Watching Kevin Love run pick & rolls with Kyrie was something I was looking forward to. Playing with AD was too. Smh— Craig Nelson (@CraigNelson21) July 26, 2014
Get ready for some serious Coach K smallball at the World Cup. Kevin Love, Aldridge, and Blake Griffin have all withdrawn? Insane.— Brian Gold (@brianhgold) July 26, 2014
NBA analysts also had their say on Love's decision, whether players really want to play in the World Cup and Team USA's chances of winning the tournament.
If Team USA winds up facing Spain in FIBA final, Yanks have to hope their devastating backcourt speed torments hosts & trumps Spain's size— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 26, 2014
Kevin Love got bad advice. Reeks of "Too risky, we can't hurt your trade value - what if you got your butt kicked by the Gasols in Spain?"— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 26, 2014
By the way - this is a DANGEROUS tournament for us. Have to beat Spain in Spain. That's a brutal game. We need K-Love. Hope he reconsiders.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 26, 2014
It's business decision for Kevin Love. I get that. But newness of repping Team USA feels like it's starting to wear off generally.— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) July 26, 2014
Add Kevin Love to Westbrook, Aldridge and Griffin to USA list of dropouts for World Cup. If this was Olympics this wouldn't be happening,— Chuck Cooperstein (@coopmavs) July 26, 2014