Kevin Love Trade Talk: Saunders expects Minnesota stay, despite Boston visit

The trade story of the NBA’s summer continues to provide twists and turns.

In an interview  yesterday, the Minnesota Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations claimed that he “expects him [Kevin Love] to be playing for us next year”.

This is a bold statement coming from Saunders, one that seems out of kilter with the rest of the league’s expectations.

After stories surfaced that Kevin Love was to opt out of his contract next year, it has been reported that the Timberwolves are looking to trade Love this summer so as to accrue maximum value in return for the All-Star power forward.

This has led to whole host of trade speculation, with Boston, Los Angeles, Houston and Golden State thought to be the most likely destinations for Love.

Saunders spoke to this in his interview, saying: “I know there’s a feeding frenzy out there from a lot of teams, [but] unfortunately they have no say”.

Whether Saunders is being stubborn or is simply trying to throw up smoke screens around his team’s potential options, he is clearly sending the league some mixed signals, especially if one takes a look at what Kevin Love spent the weekend doing.

Love has been in Boston all weekend, reportedly there to “check out the city”. Yesterday Love was spotted at a Boston Red Sox game meeting with the Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, while it has also been rumoured that Love attended the game with his agent. If this isn't an indication of the likelihood of a trade then I'm not sure what is.

Despite what Saunders insistence, it’s unfeasible to think that Kevin Love will be playing in a Timberwolves uniform at the start of next season given his clear desire to leave the team at the end of the 2014/2015 season and it seems more likely that Saunders is simply attempting to keep opposing franchise’s offers as juicy as possible while keeping the media off of his back.