Feb 22, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) runs up the court after scoring a three point shoot. Love would end the game with a triple double (37 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists) against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Minnesota Timberwolves beat the Utah Jazz 121-104. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Rumors: Timberwolves don't want to trade Kevin Love to Kings?

The Sacramento Kings front office knows obtaining Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves is a longshot. There’s a reason they reportedly suggested an openness to trade for Love without assurance that he’d sign a contract extension before being moved.

Competition is set to be fierce if the Wolves do eventually decide to trade Love, something they’re privately preparing for according to SportingNews.

What they’re not preparing to do is trade Love to the Kings, at least that’s the word from Sean Deveny who hints Minnesota would prefer to trade him elsewhere.

“Last month, Yahoo! Sports reported that Sacramento would be willing to trade for Love without knowing whether he would sign an extension, but that is not the Timberwolves’ preference.”

There wasn’t much expansion on the suggestion as to why the Timberwolves don’t want to ship Love to the Kings, though understandably they’d likely prefer to keep him out of the Western Conference if at all possible.

It’s also possible Minnesota didn’t care for Sacramento’s offer, if such was made, though that seems a little odd considering the assets the Kings hold. Even if the asking price was too much, you’d believe the Wolves could find some type of package they’d deem acceptable.

Things can of course change so the dream of Kevin Love in Sacramento isn’t completely dead, though, for now it appears to be on life support.

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