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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: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 7:33 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal? isn't that I don't understand basketball and the need for a good big man....  It is that I understand business.  If you are a small market team, a max contract can easily hinder you.   So you do that for a guy like Lebron....not a guy like Love...especially when you are big man heavy as it is.  As I already stated, I'm not as high on Love as you are....  I think he is a good player but replaceable.  I think his stats are overrated cause he is on a terrible team.  I think Minny won't be around the top four in basketball for at least four years.  So no, it doesn't make business sense to overpay for another big man....when you got two guys that are great players and can step in and take up Love's production.

The only way Minny makes out is if they sign him to a max contract and then trade then, Love's value will be higher than it is now and they can get more for him.  You just have to hope he doesn't get an injury and keeps his numbers up.  It is a risk....but that would be the only reason I'd give a max contract.  If I'm getting trade calls and I find a wingman I want and he is expensive or I also want more picks for Love.

I remember when Al Jefferson looked great in Minny too.  He is now in Utah and they aren't getting anywhere either.  His stats are far less than when in Minny cause Utah is a better team even if they do miss the playoffs..and likely will again.

No need to overplay the first few games of a season and make an error in judgement that to lakers or celtics; no big deal.  To Minny; it can cripple their franchise.  If you are going to draft Williams as high as they did....gotta play him.  Period. 

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 5:00 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

They NEED love is the most underrated player in the nba night after night he puts up huge,besley,rubio,d.williams, and j.j.......i know thats not the starting 5 but thats a playoff a couple of years will be a dangous team heading into the playoffs...max deal i agree

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:56 pm

It's the NBA

It's the NBA, so...obviously... NOBODY CARES.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 3:38 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

you are absolutely crazy whoosh!  Basketball is a big man's game...let us not forget that in this and 1 generation.  Kevin Love is easily their best player and he actually wants to be there in Minnesota...a small market team has a superstar in the making that wants to be there.  Tread lightly?  He should have been paid the day after the lockout ended.  This is the problem with teams like this and they wonder why their stars go to the Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Celtics and Knicks.  The Timberwolves are years away from contending but right now they are no gimmie game either.  They will get better around Love...take care of him first.  You really think Beasley or Williams will help the wolves more than Love? please man...what game are you or are you not watching???

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:48 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

The Wolves won't be championship caliber for a few years, if then.  They have great young talent and guys like Beasley and Williams needing minutes; which Love takes.  Now I like Love but I haven't seen him put up big numbers for anyone else...and it is easy to put up big numbers with a bad team.  Jefferson anyone?

If I were Minny, I'd tread carefully.  You are without a good wingman; that is truly what you need to be a contender.  Does it make sense to make Love a big contract guy when you got plenty of PFs or is it more smart to trade him or let him go and use that money for the next good wingman.

I like Love but I wouldn't pay him max money.  If I were LA or Cs; sure.  They have the money to spend.  But if I'm Minny; gotta think smarter.

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 12:26 pm

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Love is a good player and may be a max player. Minnesota has been so aweful recently that its easier to put up big numbers. Aldridge usually gets the better of the match up has similar #'s although Love has better rebounding #'s as Portland is a better overall rebounding team and Aldridge wasn't offered a max contract (All be it Aldrdidge has taken his game up a notch since his contract). I can see it going either way. 

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 9, 2012 11:19 am
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Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:06 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

Put backs and 3's........Do you have a problem with offensive rebounds for points and 3 pointers?? Are you kidding me?? Your analysis of this player is without merit. If you don't understand the importance of offensive rebounds and the ability for a big man to be a threat from the 3 point line, then you don't understand the game.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:35 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

You obviously haven't watched him very much.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2012 8:33 am

Wolves will offer Kevin Love a max deal?

I couldn't disagree with you more.

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