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Kevin Love turns down Besiktas

Nov 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

Kevin Love Sits AP

Besiktas is looking to add to Deron Williams with another NBA star, preferably one who can play in the frontcourt. They’ve targeted a number of players including Luol Deng to join Deron Williams in front of tens of thousands thousands of people in Istanbul. But one major players says he’s out of consideration, Kevin Love:

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love informed Besiktas of Turkey on Sunday that he’s declining their offer to sign with the Istanbul-based club and team up with New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams.

“I didn’t feel it was the right decision for me at this time,” Love told ESPN.com.

Love, though, said playing abroad if the lockout drags on “is still very much an option” he’s considering.

via Kevin Love of Minnesota Timberwolves declines Besiktas’ offer – ESPN.

Love has been enjoying a big summer of having his face all over the place, and may not have wanted to go somewhere as limited from a marketing standpoint as Turkey. Not that Instanbul isn’t a major international city, but if Love’s going to go, he likely wants to get paid absolute top dollar for it, and considering the money already being paid Williams, their budget can’t be that considerable. It also seems like the team is kind of grabbing at random players instead of really formulating a plan, as there are other, bruisier bigs they could have aimed for. But Love’s three-point shooting might have been worth it.

Either way, we’ll have to wait to see where Kevin Love ends up, unless it’s just Minnesota and then we can all be happy because we have a season again.

  1. pjb170 - Nov 20, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    “It also seems like the team is kind of grabbing at random players instead of really formulating a plan, as there are other, bruisier bigs they could have aimed for. But Love’s three-point shooting might have been worth it. ”

    Some of the worst writing ever written, no idea why this guy is allowed to puke this stuff up. Explain why by targeting Love the Turkey club is “grabbing at random players”? What plan should they be “formulating”? What “bruiser bigs” should they have aimed for? But Loves three point shooting might have been worth it, because that’s a solid sentence.

    I go to this site because of the easy to read format created by PFT, but this is just garbage as usual, a 5th grader could have typed this up. Bad, bad. Excited to be the only person to comment on this post, that’s a great sign!

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