Updated: August 3rd, 2014 9:05am
Glen Taylor says a Kevin Love trade by Aug. 24 is 'most likely'

Glen Taylor says a Kevin Love trade by Aug. 24 is 'most likely'

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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A Kevin Love trade has seemed inevitable for weeks, but in case there was any ambiguity, Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor chimed in over the weekend.

Taylor told Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press that a Love trade will probably happen on Aug. 23 or 24, adding, "I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do."

The Aug. 23-24 date range is no surprise, considering that will be exactly 30 days after the Cleveland Cavaliers signed No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins. NBA rules state teams cannot trade rookies within 30 days of inking them to contracts.

"I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who's been an all-star, that you've got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him," Taylor said. "Flip (Saunders) has looked at this team and offensively, he's got a pretty good team. Defensively, it's got to be better, so I think that's where some of the areas will be replaced."

First off, the Timberwolves averaged 109 points per 100 possessions with Love on the court last year and only 98 points per 100 possessions with Love on the bench, so the assertion that the Wolves have a "pretty good team" offensively is false.

Secondly, why talk about Fight Club? Why even go public with the Aug. 23 date? In fact, is there any logical reason why these Love trade talks have been so transparent to begin with? It's fantastic as fans and media to know every detail of every discussion, but it seems like the best franchises in sports - a group the Wolves aren't in, obviously - are better at keeping a lid on things. Maybe Taylor is setting a firm deadline in hopes of getting the Cavs, or another team, to up the ante. Or maybe he just can't resist talking to reporters.

Either way, if Flip acquires Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett from the Cavs, and perhaps Thaddeus Young from the Sixers, all while dumping J.J. Barea and bidding adieu to a disgruntled player who all 29 other teams knew would be traded, consider him executive of the year. 

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: J.J. Barea, Kevin Love
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