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Report: Kevin Love has not been offered extension

Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:13 am
Edited on: January 3, 2012 12:56 pm
By Matt Moore

Take this one with a grain of salt, but the New York Post's Peter Vescey is reporting that Kevin Love has not received an extension offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, and should he not receive one in the next 12 days, prior to January 15th, the All-Star rebound machine will not be signing one, and instead be heavily examining signing his qualifying offer this summer to make him a free agent in 2013. 

The Timberwolves and Love have always had a contentious relationship. General Manager David Kahn was very lukewarm on the UCLA forward even when he flashed considerable abilities at both ends of the floor his rookie season. He struggled to get minutes under Kurt Rambis before finally bucking off the chains when he simply became too good to keep down. But Kahn has always maintained that Love is a part of the Timberwolves' future and he's not going anywhere. Why are we skeptical of this?

Because it's incomprehensible.

The Timberwolves-are-a-joke meme is almost dead. Drafting Ricky Rubio looks genius, regardless of the Jonny Flynn pick. He's honestly miles ahead of the pack for rookie of the year after the first week and he's not even starting. Derrick Williams looks good. Darko Milicic is serviceable. This team has been assembled as decently as it can be, considering the near-accidental way it has. Rick Adelman was the best hire they could have made and it's already paid off. Love is an All-Star. He's always said he just wants to win. Rookies never get away from their teams on the first contract if they have any value. The guaranteed money and extra year is just too big. 

And yet.

So we'll wait, and see just how insane this Timberwolves group is. But if history, common sense, and recent trends are any factor, even if you believe the Timberwolves are still a joke, not even they could make this punchline into reality.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 3, 2012 2:58 pm

Report: Kevin Love has not been offered extension

When an article begins, "take this with a grain of salt", stop reading.  When a NYPost columnist attempts to stir the pot (because all NY'ers know that every player wants to play in NY more than anywhere), turn away.  Journalism is not make believe rumors and innuendo.  Perhaps someday most of us will understand that.  You want to know the truth?  Read the coverage from the home market, who have covered this much more fully and honestly then Vescey and this cbs guy have.  Love is going no where, and I doubt he's dumb enough to waste the next two years of his life over some contract squabble.  He'll get paid, he knows it, whether he's offered (and signs) this month or not.

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