Report: Cavs, T-Wolves have ‘handshake agreement’ for Kevin Love trade

Kevin LoveThe Cavaliers and Timberwolves reportedly have a handshake agreement in place to send Kevin Love to Cleveland. Since the Cavs signed Andrew Wiggins to a contract on July 25, NBA rules require them to wait 30 days before trading the former Kansas star.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the 30-day waiting period is all the two teams are waiting for.

“The deal is done but not done,” Windhorst told ESPN New York Radio on Monday, via Matt Moore of CBSSports.com. “The teams have agreed but can’t say they’ve agreed because we’re in this weird moratorium period. Between now and then could a team come in with a trade that Minnesota doesn’t see? Yes, so it’s not done. But there is this handshake agreement.”

The T-Wolves have likely done their homework, so I doubt another team will have more to offer than Wiggins. Windhorst also noted that the Philadelphia 76ers are believed to be a third team involved in the deal. They would get former No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland if all goes as planned, with Thad Young also going to Minnesota.

Reports have indicated all along that the Cavs’ offer is the best one the T-Wolves have for Kevin Love. Wiggins is considered by many to be a home run prospect who has even drawn comparisons to Kobe Bryant. Unless another team gets desperate and somehow blows Minnesota away, LeBron and Love will soon be teammates.

Kevin Love calls Timberwolves ‘they’

Kevin LoveHas Kevin Love already moved on from the Minnesota Timberwolves? We hate reading too much into one tiny piece of an interview, but it was hard not to take note when Love referred to his current team as “they” on Wednesday.

When Aja Dang of FOX Sports asked Love about the future of the Timberwolves under Flip Saunders, the star forward responded like he is already a member of another team.

“If they’re healthy, they can do a lot of damage,” Love said. “With Flip as the coach — kinda been there, done that, in the Eastern Conference and in the Western Conference, having seen and really played all sides in the basketball world, I think he’s going to do a great job.”

That is pretty telling. You can argue that it was simply a slip of the tongue, and that might be true. But I highly doubt Love would be referring to the team he has spent the first six seasons of his career with as “they” if he wasn’t planning on being dealt.

For what it’s worth, Love also said he has a great relationship with Saunders when asked about Flip saying Love has no reason to be frustrated with the direction of the T-Wolves.

“What some people don’t know is that Flip and I have a great relationship, and we’ve been constantly speaking about my situation,” Love said. “Flip is going to be a tremendous coach again for the Timberwolves; he did a great job last year with our team, even throughout all the injuries and different things that we had.

“But that’s the way of Flip of getting people motivated, whether it’s me or people you don’t even know about. Am I happy he said those things? I think he’s supposed to come out and say that because it’s a team game, not about one singular player.”

There are too many rumors swirling around to have a solid idea of where Love is going to be traded, but it would be a shock if he is not dealt. The Timberwolves would simply be taking too much of a risk by keeping him.

Metrodome demolished by explosives (Videos)

The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome has been part of both the Minnesota and American sports landscape since 1982. It has hosted a Super Bowl, the World Series, Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, and a Final Four. The Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Vikings, and University of Minnesota athletic programs have called it home.

Unfortunately, the Metrodome’s run has come to an end. The Twins now reside in Target Field. The Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center and by the 2016 season the Vikings will have a new, state-of-the-art facility.

Destruction of the Metrodome has been underway for a while now, with the iconic roof having been deflated for the final time last month. On Sunday, the upper concrete ring came down, courtesy of 84 charges of dynamite.

In 2012, the Metrodome was named by TIME as the No. 1 worst stadium in the United States.

The Vikings will play their home games at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis over the next two seasons.


Kevin Love calls out teammates after loss

Kevin LoveThe Minnesota Timberwolves won their first three games of the season, and they have not been able to string together more than two-straight wins since. On Wednesday, the T-Wolves lost a tough game at home to the Phoenix Suns. They blew a lead with just a few minutes remaining, which is something Minnesota has done more than once this season.

Following the 104-103 loss, Kevin Love called out two of his teammates.

“We can’t have two guys sitting at the end of the bench, who play good minutes, just sitting there and not getting up at timeouts,” Love told reporters, via ESPN 1500 Twin Cities. “We all need to be in this together. That kind of pisses me off. We’re supposed to be a team.”

Love made it very clear that he was talking about two specific players, though he did not mention them by name. There was speculation that he was referring to JJ Barea, who expressed frustration when he was sent to the bench with roughly eight minutes remaining in the game, and Dante Cunningham, who played a season-low 11 minutes.

“It’s to a point that where those two guys, if and when I did that last year when maybe I didn’t sit out for the game for 48 minutes and so on and so forth, they would have killed me,” Love said. “They would have aired me out. It’s two guys we expect more from them, and I think they expect more from themselves.

“I’m not trying to single anybody out, and I don’t want to make it bigger than it is. That was a team we needed to beat tonight. Even guys that didn’t play any minutes, we need to have a team on the bench that’s really in it together.”

This is not the first time Love has taken his frustrations with the team public. However, teammate Ricky Rubio seemed to agree.

“Somebody is maybe frustrated because he didn’t have the minutes he wanted or he wasn’t in the game in the late situation,” Rubio said. “If something happened, no matter if it’s Coach’s decision or whatever, you have to be with the team. I didn’t see that, but if (Love) says that he saw something. We would have to talk, because that’s even worse than losing the game.”

The T-Wolves are 17-18 and have plenty of time to turn things around. The problem is this is a team that has not made the playoffs since 2004, so losing is something the players have grown accustomed to. That can sometimes lead to sulking.

H/T Pro Basketball Talk

Timberwolves announcer goes nuts after no-call on Kevin Love to end game (Audio)

Kevin-Love-Shawn-Marion-foulThe Minnesota Timberwolves lost to the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night in controversial fashion. With the T-Wolves trailing by two and three seconds remaining, Kevin Love received the inbound pass and tried to get a shot off. It appeared that he was fouled by Shawn Marion, but the officials chose to let the play go and time expired.

It was hard to tell if Love’s foot was on the line, but he should have been given a chance to tie the game with two free throws at the very least. Timberwolves radio play-by-play announcer Alan Horton was outraged.

Horton seemed most angry with referee Ed Malloy. After the game, Horton took to Twitter to remind fans of a game between the Timberwolves and Miami Heat last season — one that Malloy worked — where several controversial calls were met with a chorus of boos at the Target Center.

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Rick Adelman may quit as Timberwolves coach over wife’s health issues

Rick-AdelmanThe Minnesota Timberwolves are currently 23-43 and out of playoff contention. What started as a year filled with postseason aspirations has turned into another disappointing season, but losing basketball games has not been the most important issue in head coach Rick Adelman’s life.

Adelman’s wife, Mary Kay, continues to have health problems. She was hospitalized in January, where doctors tried to determine the cause of her seizures. Adelman missed 11 games during the month of January as a result. According to NBA.com’s Hang Time Blog, he contemplating quitting twice during the season and may resign over the summer if Mary Kay continues to struggle with her health.

“She’s just on a lot of medicine,” Adelman explained. “We’ll just have to wait and see. We go back to the doctor in April and see what they have to say. I think it’s something I’m just going to have to sit down with my wife and family and just talk about and see where we’re going with this. The most important thing is where we’re going with her health. Whatever happens will happen naturally.”

The Timberwolves still have games to play, so Adelman would not specifically say that he is considering resigning after the season ends. However, it would be tough to imagine his players not understanding that family comes first.

“It’s unfair for me to talk about that when I’m asking these guys to finish the season off and compete,” Adelman said. “And that’s all I’m trying to do now. I think there will be a right time to look at everything. I don’t want to really talk about those types of things until it’s done.”

There are more important things in life than basketball games. Adelman is one of the best coaches in the NBA, but I’m sure being away from his wife during this difficult time has been a challenge. Here’s hoping her health improves and he can return to coaching next season.

Timberwolves make a Harlem Shake spin-off to rip on the Heat (Video)

Timberwolves-Heat-Harlem-ShakeThe viral sensation that is the Harlem Shake appears to still be going strong, despite the fact that many people like us have grown tired of it. Apparently the Minnesota Timberwolves have also had enough.

On Tuesday, the T-Wolves posted their own version of the Harlem Shake on their official YouTube account. As you can see, it featured a person in a LeBron James jersey wearing a motorcycle helmet. Instead of hitting its climax around the 15-second mark like all of the other Harlem Shake videos, this one ended with the T-Wolves mascot coming out and pummeling the man in the LeBron jersey.

“Some things get old fast,” a message read at the end of the video.

The Heat released their own Harlem Shake video last week, and it looks like the Timberwolves feel that they put the final nail in the coffin. We have seen at least one funny version of the trend, but ultimately we’re with the Wolves. It’s time for the Harlem Shake to end.

H/T Black Sports Online