Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has backed down from the stance that the team absolutely would not trade Kevin Love, but he is trying to downplay all the rumors surrounding his superstar, via the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Charley Walters:
Asked Monday if he would say he's not going to trade Love, Taylor said, "I should never say never because who knows what might come up? But that's not our plan.
"I'm not in a position where you would say absolutely I wouldn't do it, because what if something that I can't even speculate (on) happens? You'd say, 'You're nuts, Glen.' Maybe some team puts a value on him that's different than we suspect."
"At this point, we're not talking to any teams," Taylor said. "I haven't heard from Kevin or his agents or anything like that. We're assuming that Kevin will be here next season, and we're working with that scenario. This isn't the time for us to do anything but to prepare for next year.
Taylor said it's been "difficult" to deal with all of the speculation about Love's future. He added that Wolves president Flip Saunders is focused on the upcoming draft and finding a head coach to replace Rick Adelman.
Contrary to these comments, Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Love's representatives are "pushing" Saunders to find an acceptable trade before free agency begins in July.
While it might be true that Minnesota would prefer not to trade Love, Taylor's initial shift to "not by the draft" seems more significant than anything he's said since. There's going to be damage control in any scenario like this one, and there's no bigger off-court story than Love right now. After Tuesday's lottery, new offers will be on the table, and regardless of what the Wolves are saying, they have to listen.