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Kevin Love: Timberwolves have "better team" than Lakers

Kevin Love should have gone to the line with a chance to tie the Mavericks. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images) Kevin Love is in the top four in the NBA in scoring average and rebounds. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is a hot commodity these days.

Love reportedly is coveted by the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks as the NBA trade deadline nears. He can also become a free agent if he opts out of his contract after next season.

Love said it is not out of the question that he would re-sign with the Timberwolves, which have not reached the playoffs in any of Love's five-plus seasons with the team.

"People think it's so far-fetched that I would stay in Minnesota," Love told GQ Magazine. "And I'm not s------- on the Lakers, but we have the better team, the better foundation. I'm having fun."

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The Lakers have an 18-35 record, tied for dead last in the Western Conference. The Timberwolves are 25-28, six games out of the eighth and final playoff spot.

Love is averaging 25.8 points and 13.2 rebounds per game for the Timberwolves this season.
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