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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: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 10:02 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?


Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:51 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

I never thought the Kevin Love would turn out to be the player he is.  I actually thought he might be a better version of Brad Miller....I know that was a terrible assesment.  Love should evaluate all of his options before resigning.  Otherwise he will be stuck playing for the the T pups far longer than he probably wants.  Is Kevin that excited about RR???  Is Rubio going to bring in other talented players?  I dont think so.  The franchise is Kevin's right now they just need to pay him and surround him with "viable" talent. 

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:15 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Let me re-phrase that: HUURRICANE, YOU ARE AN IDIOT!

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: January 8, 2012 8:13 pm

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.

Since: Dec 22, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:34 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

twolves didn't draft him

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 7:07 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

At least that idiot of a GM David Kahn did the right thing an offered K Love a max contract, if he didn't EVERY team in the NBA (except 3) would have offered him one. I thought K Love would be a good player buy I didn't think he would turn into a beast like he is. Not a championship number 1 option, but he could be a great number 2 on a championship team.

If he stays and the T-Wolves don't turn it around he would be one of those few max contract guys who if he then begs out, the fans would understand.

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:32 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Hopefully Love is not like typical NBA stars today who don't have the courage, guts, heart to help build the foundation for a winning team on their own... instead of taking the easy way out and finding others to do the heavy lifting.

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: January 8, 2012 5:29 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

If Kevin Love was that good, the team would have won more than 17 games last year.  You can say the Timberwolves were a bad team, but last I checked Love was a part of it.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:48 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

A few more boards then Bosh per game then when he played for the Raps. We know how that turned out. Nothing like flying solo for 7 years and getting nothing out of wise. I'm calling Love "Chris Bosh", just the comparison's on playing for a crappy team with no upside. Love's numbers are better than Bosh's, past and present but the fact is he can't do it alone. One star on the Wolves is not going to cut it.

Since: Dec 29, 2011
Posted on: January 8, 2012 4:21 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Kevin Love is a franchise player in all respects of the word. He scores, rebounds on both ends, plays hard and only makes headlines in terms of his success as a basketball player. He's professional in every way including modesty, which may I add, is an intangible that many players clearly lack in the NBA. He's a worthy investment Minnesota, give the man what he wants. He's easily the choice of a player to build around.

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