Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Power forward Kevin Love has informed the Minnesota Timberwolves that he plans to test the free-agent market after next season, according to sources.
Sources said Love told the Wolves that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent and has no interest in signing a contract extension.
The new development will force the Timberwolves to deal the All-Star forward before next season or before the trade deadline in February 2015 to avoid the risk of losing him without compensation.
Sources close to Love said the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls are among the potential trade destinations that intrigue the player.
The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks have likewise been mentioned all season as big-market landing spots for Love but his priority is immediate contention.
Sources added that the Phoenix Suns, armed with several draft assets to offer Minnesota, also have strong interest in trading for Love, but the 25-year-old’s interest in joining the Suns is unclear.
Love has yet to reach the postseason in his six seasons with the Wolves, who missed out on a top-eight spot in the West last season due to a number of close-game defeats.
Last season, Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds. In his six years with the Wolves, Love averaged 19.2 points and 12.2 boards in 364 games.