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Kevin Love will not appear in celebrity softball game for some reason

Kevin Love will not appear in celebrity softball game for some reason

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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6/27/2014
Sports Over Beers, episode 21. Kevin Love, Wolves chatter with Doogie
Sports Over Beers welcomes Darren 'Doogie' Wolfson to the podcast to talk some Wolves. We talk new draft choice Zach LaVine and his now infamous “F*** me” comment. All kinds of answers from Wolfson on what the next year will hold for the Timberwolves. What other changes do you see the Wolves making before the Wolves head to camp? What are the chances that Kevin Love is dealt before the season? What is Flip Saunders’ greatest motivation in regards to Love? Who are the most likely trade partners? What free agents will interest the Wolves? Are there other players beyond Love that the Wolves will look to trade? Will Minnesota use the mid-level exception? What do you think of Zach LaVine’s reaction to being drafted and what do you think of LaVine as a player? Why didn’t LaVine go back to UCLA for another year to improve his draft stock? Can Flip adapt to the modern NBA demands of head coaches? Will Dante Cunningham sign with the Wolves? What will become of Alexey Shved? Who will fill out the coaching staff?-- Also, some some surprising predictions about Kevin Garnett, Gorgui Dieng and Nikola Pekovic. The podcast episode is sponsored by Shock Top. "Live life unfiltered."
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The celebrity softball game at Target Field will have one fewer participant but immeasurably less awkwardness.

The Twins on Wednesday announced a revised lineup for the game. Kevin Love is no longer scheduled to appear in the game.

The Wolves are entertaining trade offers for Love, who will more than likely opt out of his contract next summer. The popular belief is that the Wolves must trade him before they lose him for nothing.

Love, who by now could have put out the fires of rampant trade speculation, instead has fanned the flames. Although Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders contends it's possible Love starts the season with the Wolves, it appears outwardly to be a virtual lock that the superstar will not remain with the Wolves beyond this sesaon. 

The vocal part of the Wolves fanbase has turned on Love, and it's reasonable to expect his reception at the event would have been chilly at best. 

The softball game will take place Sunday, July 13, at 7 p.m. and be televised the next day on ESPN at 10:30 p.m.

The game still will include the following names: Adrian Peterson, Zach Parise, Maya Moore, Jack Morris, Jim Thome, Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Dwight Gooden, Fred Lynn, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Rob Riggle, Nelly, Chris Distefano, Melanie Iglesias, Sway, Fat Joe, Dylan O'Brien, Charlie McDermott, Jennie Finch, David Nail, Larry Fitzgerald, Andrew Zimmern and James Denton.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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