The Minnesota Timberwolves will likely have to begin the first month of that pursuit without him.
Love broke the third and fourth metacarpals on his shooting hand in a workout before practice. It’s a crushing blow to the Timberwolves, who already will be without star point guard Ricky Rubio for what is expected to be at least the first six weeks of the regular season while he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee.
The Timberwolves open the regular season at home against Sacramento on Nov. 2.
All the work President David Kahn and the rest of the front office did to add veteran depth this summer is about to be tested more than they ever could have imagined. Love averaged 26 points and 13.3 rebounds last season, leading the team in both categories and emerging as the best power forward in the game. He signed a four-year contract in January worth more than $60 million, then played a key role in the United States’ march to the gold medal in London.