Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love will be subject of much interest in the NBA next season when he enters free agency and his time with the T-Wolves is quickly coming to an end as sources around the franchise have said that Love: "has grown incredibly distant".
It seems almost certain that the 25-year-old Love will see out the remainder of his contract and move from his current team with the ideal destination being the Los Angeles Lakers.
Love grew up in California and also played college basketball at UCLA, two of the main reasons many experts expect to see the power forward in the Lakers purple and gold at the start of next season.
The parting of Love from Minnesota has been suspected for a long time, sources have described Love has growing ever distant from the team with the possible reason being that he felt disappointed at not being awarded a max contract when he signed his second deal with the team.
Judd Zulgad of ESPN 1500 in Minnesota describes the situation: "It was Kahn, with the blessing of owner Glen Taylor, who decided that Love wasn’t worthy of a max deal in January 2010, and offered him a four-year, $62 million contract. Love signed the deal and things haven’t been the same sense.
He carried on by saying: "Once a gregarious and engaging person to interview, Love has grown incredibly distant. This petulant act is prelude to Love opting out of his contract on July 1, 2015 and never looking back. The majority believe this is destined to happen."
Minnesota need to prepare for Love's exit from the team as they have for so long relied on the outstanding play of the power forward despite failing to reach the playoffs for many years.