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Report: Wolves to offer Love four years, $60M

Posted on: January 18, 2012 10:53 am
Edited on: January 18, 2012 11:09 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

It's not even my contract and I'm insulted.

According to the Pioneer Press, the Timberwolves are setting up to offer Kevin Love a four-year, $60 million extension before the Jan. 25 deadline. You already know this, but that most definitely is NOT a maximum extension. This comes after a report a couple weeks ago said the Wolves were planning on offering Love the max, but it was just a matter of if he wanted to sign.

Well, if he was having reservations about signing a max deal, I'm pretty sure $60 million over four years will give him even more pause.

If Love doesn't sign the extension, he will become a restricted free agent July 1 (assuming the Wolves extend the $6.1 million qualifying offer, which they will). And I'm pretty sure somebody will step up and give Love more than $60 million. He's a legit building block player and while I can understand Minnesota's reservations in giving him the max, you have to do it. Or at least get closer.

Otherwise, you're going to see a player walk. Because Love thinks he's a max player and why not? The guy averaged 20-15 last season and is putting up better numbers this year. For whatever reason, Love outperforms Blake Griffin almost every way statistically and yet people see Griffin as a no-brainer superstar and Love as just a good, solid 4-man. Maybe it's because Love plays below the rim or maybe it's something else -- who knows.

If Love becomes a restricted free agent, other teams can offer four years at 4.5 percent raises which would total about $65 million. Unless Love chooses to just accept the qualifying offer and waits to become an unrestricted free agent in 2013. The Wolves might just think they'll match any offer that rolls in and be done with it, but it might not be that simple at that point. Love might choose to just wait and then pick his own destiny in 2013.

The most recent power forward I can think of that got a big extension was LaMarcus Aldridge in 2009 who agreed to a five-year, $65 million deal. The season before that, he averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. Again, Love is at 25.6 ppg and 14.3 rpg this year after 20.2 and 15.2 last season. 

This leak could be part of the negotiation and the Wolves could very well still be offering the max soon. Obviously Minnesota would love to sign Love for less. The Wolves would prefer he sign a five-year deal for $10 million if he would be willing. It's a negotiation. And Love likely sees himself as a max guy and the Wolves will probably have to step up to the plate. I think they will. But the clock is ticking.
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deeoriginal1
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Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:08 pm
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deeoriginal1
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Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:10 pm
 

Report: Wolves to offer Love four years, $60M

"Just imagine what Kevin Love could have averaged if the fruit loops in Minnesota's front office had made a serious effort to put together a real team around him."

Love's numbers could very well go down as his team gets better.  Happens all the time.  Look what happened when Garnett went to the Celtics.  His numbers went down, and his team won a title.



Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:04 pm
 

Rubio Pans Out

"And it didn't... until now."

deeoriginal, now is what counts.

Call them batshit crazy, but the Wolves are on the rise, and management got them into this position.

Thumbs up for David Kahn. 


deeoriginal1
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Posted on: January 19, 2012 2:24 pm
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Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:06 pm
 

Report: Wolves to offer Love four years, $60M

@deeoriginal dumbass

How is drafting ricky Rubio stupid just becausehe did not arrive immediatley? He looks pretty good right now. The fact that he actually is here is a front office victory in itself. They were persistent in getting him to come here and they went into it knowing that he wasn't going to be here right away. He actually wasn't guaranteed to ever be here. There was talk when we were going to draft him that he was going to stay in Spain and didn't wat to play in MN. The Flynn pick was stupid, but they wanted to have insurance for Rubio. Now Flynn is gone and if he would have panned out, we would have gotten a late first round pick for him at least. We should have taken Curry. That is for sure. It was obvious the day of the draft. If we did have him, how could we resign everybody anyway? Someone would be left out because there just isn't enough money to go around to max out everyone. This isn't NBA 2k12. This is real life.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:42 pm
 

Report: Wolves to offer Love four years, $60M

@Goober - fitting name - Blake Griffin is not white, he's mixed.




Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:00 am
 

Report: Wolves to offer Love four years, $60M

 He is certainly one of the few that deserves every penny, and that offer seems to be about perfect. I would love to see him take it, and stay in Minny for his career!  You don't know how much we appreciate how hard you work!  Go wolves!  Your on the right track.  >500 this year, playoffs next year!


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