Found July 31, 2012 on Crossover Chronicles:
The Minnesota Timberwolves are committed to building around Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio. That’s their core and that’s who they want to win with. Love may not be as loyal to the team as they are to him, but at least they’re clearly acknowledging his request to put better pieces around him. Love opted for a shorter contract so that he could jump ship if the team wasn’t taking the form he wants in a few years. Rather than ignoring their superstar or giving up and trading him, the T-Wolves front office decided he was right. Minnesota wooed Brandon Roy out of retirement, signed Andrei Kirilenko, Alexey Shved and Greg Stiemsma and traded for Chase Budinger. They also got rid of some players who Love said were causing problems with their attitudes in the locker room. These moves aren’t the type of blockbuster ones that are going to turn a basement team into a contender overnight, but it shows promise and effort. That’s really all Kevin Love can ask for right now. Minnesota is doi...

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