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MINNEAPOLIS - Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press the Minnesota Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading star forward Kevin Love if the right deal comes along.

The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not made any final decisions on the All-Star forward's future in Minnesota.

Love can opt out of his contract after next season, which places increasing urgency on the franchise to make a decision about trading him or trying to convince him to stay.

Love has spent the first six seasons in Minnesota, but hasn't made the playoffs.

The uncertainty has complicated the team's search for a new coach, with several big-name candidates reluctant to take the job until there is clarity on Love's future.

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