Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor says its "likely" that the team will trade All-Star forward Kevin Love before the end of the month, according to a report by the Pioneer Press.
"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Taylor told the newspaper, but added that it's his preference Love stay in Minnesota.
The trade is most likely to happen either Aug. 23 or 24 because that is when Cleveland's No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be dealt, but the report says Minnesota is still exploring trade options with Chicago and Golden State.
"I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who's been an All-Star, that you've got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him," Taylor told the paper. "Flip [Saunders, Wolves president and general manager] has looked at this team and offensively, he's got a pretty good team. Defensively, it's got to be better, so I think that's where some of the areas will be replaced."
In the 2013-14 season, Love became the first player since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976 to average 26+ points, 12+ rebounds and 4+ assists per game. He closed out the 2013-14 campaign with a franchise-record 26.1 points per game to go along with 12.5 rebounds per contest.