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Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:43 am
Edited on: January 8, 2012 3:40 pm
Posted by Royce Young

If I told you a player averaged 20.2 points and 15.9 rebounds per game for a season and then came out of the gates the following one doing even better putting up 26.1 ppg and 14.9 rpg, you'd say that guy is a max player, right?

Which is why there should be zero discussion around Kevin Love's worthiness of a max contract from the Timberwolves. The was a report last week that Love had not been offered an extension from the Wolves yet, but according to 1500 ESPN Radio in Minnesota, the Wolves are preparing to make Love a max contract offer before the Jan. 25 deadline.

"One team source said he would be 'shocked' if a maximum contract offer to Love isn't made by the 11 p.m. deadline on Jan. 25.," the report says.

After that, it's just a question of whether or not Love will accept. You would think pretty much every team would line up for Love's services (he averages at least 25-15 nightly for crying out loud!) and you can see that his game is evolving.

Love told the radio station in an interview that he's not so sure though. At least not yet.

"It's all in my agent's hands," Love said. "I just don't know what I am going to do. I'm happy to be a Timberwolf at this point and happy we're winning games."

Why would Love turn it down? Well, because during his time with the Wolves, he really hasn't had the opportunity to see a path to prosperity. The Wolves have routinely been one of the league's worst teams and if Love hasn't bought into the direction of the franchise, he's not going to re-up to toil away in last place for five more years.

Except finally this season with the additions of Ricky Rubio, J.J. Barea and Derrick Williams, there are actually signs of something happening with the Wolves. It's early and Minnesota just dropped an ugly game to the Cavaliers Saturday, but it doesn't look hopeless. I think you could still say the confidence level in general manager David Kahn is low, but with Rick Adelman coaching and the young pieces on the team, there's reason to believe it could be a worthwhile place to stay.

Love could take the easy way out and go somewhere else. But you know he'd much rather build a winner with the team that drafted him. If he sees something working -- which he should because the Wolves finally appear to be on the right road at least -- there's no reason he won't sign if, or when, the Wolves make that big extension offer.


Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:47 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Love in my eyes is a number two guy on a team, like a Blake Griffin..Love and Griffin put up numbers, but cant do it themselves..I would offer him a max deal, build through the draft and then sign a legitimate number one..

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:35 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

He's 5th in the league (the entire league) in scoring and 2nd in the league (the entire league) in rebounds.  Must be from Wisconsin and hoping he will come to Milwaukee.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:47 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

If you don't believe me, 14% of his shot attempts this year have been put backs.  And 31% are 3's.

45% of his offense is putbacks and 3's. Thats ridiculous. Inside the arc, he has no legit offensive game or moves.

He's a good secondary player on a good team like an Elton Brand was (when healthy) but he's not a max contract guy.

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:40 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Yeah, give a player who has no defensive ability and no real offensive game other then stationary 3's and putbacks a max contract.  You will regret it Minnesota. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:51 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

they should. i dont know how he gets all those rebounds. he will be a loyal player. he is the type of player you should try to keep

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:37 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

your dumb

Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:06 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

You are an idiot---a great player who can carry a crap team is almost impossible in todays NBA. Tell me who the last one man team to be successful, please.

How bout Lebron in Cleveland. Carried them a lot farther than Love will ever carry Minnesota. If I'm Love there's no way I sign in Minnesota, better chances to win await him outside the T-Wolves. 

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:39 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

love is a top 10 player in the nba & if he carries on like he is he will be top 5.he is a great example of how players should go about their business, not like the gangsters that think theyre owed a high wage without hard work.

Since: Aug 13, 2010
Posted on: January 8, 2012 11:23 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

And why is going somewhere successful the easy way out? Do you work at a company that's used to failing miserably but has a small change to become mediocre? No, I bet you work somewhere successful that can afford to give you what other companies can't. Why should NBA players be any different?

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:25 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

This is precisely the moment that fans ridicule years later if a team commits max money to resign him. K-Love is a very good player. I know not a lot of people have actually seen him play much. But one thing that stands out is Love takes rebounds away from his teammates. He also knows the art of tipping to himself for multiple ORs on one possession. He is a min-Stat. He hunts them. And the problem is a good player on a bad team has an easier time getting his stats. I am not disrespecting Love. He is a very good player.

But K-Love is not, in my opinion, a max player. He does not play so well head to head with a really good PF. He does rebound. Good timing and a real nose for the ball are good skills to have. Zack Randolph is a similar type of player. Good - ten million good. Not a max player. This will be proven out in another five years. Until then does Minnesota offer the max? Maybe not. We shall see. LaMarcus Aldridge did not get the max. But he is more skilled than Love. Will Love sign for less? Another question we have to wait to see.

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