Wolves’ woes overshadow Love’s career night

I guess you could say the following post represent a glass half-full look at the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But first, the bad: The Wolves lost their 16th straight game on Sunday, losing to the Phoenix Suns 105-101.

But now, the good: Kevin Love had a ridiculous night.

I’ll admit that I had no idea until his stats were announced while he delivered "Let’s Play Hockey" at the Minnesota Wild game on Monday. During that loss to Phoenix, Love had 23 points and 22 rebounds.

And for a team that’s been flat-out terrible this year, he’s the second Timberwolves player this season to go 20-20. Al Jefferson pulled off the feat earlier this year.

I know there’s still a lot of Wolves fans out there – unfortunately, there’s not as many Wolves fans as there used to be – that wish they hadn’t traded O.J. Mayo to Memphis on draft day a couple years ago for Love. And I get the argument. The Wolves could definitely use a scoring guard at this point.

But there’s no denying how good Love has been. Averaging just 28 minutes per game, Love is averaging a double-double with 14.5 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. That’s no easy task on a team that’s best player plays the same position as him. There’s only about nine players in the NBA right now averaging double figures in points and rebounds, so he’s in some exclusive company (though it’s worth noting his games played fall just short of qualifying for the league leaderboard in either category).

Wolves insist nothing big coming with big men

Despite all of the trade rumors floating around the Minnesota Timberwolves this year, general manager David Kahn insists the team won’t do anything beyond minor moves prior the Feb. 18 trade deadline.

This would run contrary to previous reports. Yahoo even had at one point that the Wolves offered power forward/center Al Jefferson to Indiana for forward Danny Granger.

The Pacers reportedly rejected that offer.

Kahn has a lot of solid pieces to build around, but too many of them play the same positions. Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions both are point guards, as is the yet-to-arrive (and may never arrive) Ricky Rubio.

Then, of course, there’s Jefferson and Kevin Love. Both of them play power forward, or at least ideally would if the team had a true center to rely on.

But the biggest reason why it’s hard to believe the Wolves wouldn’t at least entertain moving major pieces before next week’s trade deadline is because nothing about what Kahn has done so far suggests that he will just sit back and wait for the offseason. He’s been tremendously active in his short tenure with the Wolves.

The team has only a handful of players – I believe five – from last year’s squad.

Big Al the subject of trade rumors

Didn’t notice this until I got to work today, but Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn is reportedly shopping his team’s best player.

Yahoo reported Monday that Kahn offered power forward Al Jefferson to the Indiana Pacers for forward Danny Granger.

It’s hardly a surprise to hear about such rumors, though it always brow-raising to see a team’s best player on the trading block. But when you consider the Wolves’ two best players – Jefferson and Kevin Love – play the same position, it’s not too hard to believe.

One league source in the Yahoo report said, "There’s some jealous stuff that’s playing out."