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Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

Kevin Love AP

Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround.

But he hasn’t gotten even the offer of a contract extension, reports Peter Vecsey in the New York Post. Yes, you should look at the author and publication and take it with a grain of salt, but it’s still worth noting.

According to the messenger, All-Star Kevin Love has not been offered an extension….

You got that right; according to my source, if one isn’t submitted by Jan. 15, 10 days before the league deadline to enrich players in Love’s position (Russell Westbrook is another), then don’t bother.

This sounds a whole lot like an agent trying to pressure a team into making an offer sooner rather than later. (Love’s agent is Jeff Schwartz, I don’t know Vecsey’s sources but draw your own conclusions.) The team is taking its time (they have until the 25th), the player and agent want to move things along, so they set an artificial deadline. They threaten not to sign qualifying offers and try to get out of town.

None of this is going to happen, Love is going to get his extension. For all the laughing at Wolves GM David Kahn over the years (and there have been good reasons to do so) he has built a good young team with Love, Ricky Rubio and some solid players around them (and Michael Beasley). It took a while for Love to get out of Kurt Rambis’ dog house, but he has blossomed. You don’t let Love go, not even Kahn would do that. The deal will happen. This is just the blustery negotiations.

  1. tomtravis76 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Just send Love to LA for Gasol. Love wants to be a Laker, while having Gasol and Rubio playing together will be good for the league.

  2. bparmalee - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    I always thought Love would bolt the second he was able to but if he will resign then the T-Wolves would be crazy not to. There arent many guys that work as hard as Love and even less willing to sign long term in small markets.

  3. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    What a special player this guy is…with his ability to lead the NBA in rebounding while also stepping back and knocking down nearly 100 3-pointers. It makes you wonder how good some of these other physical freaks would be if they had half of the fundamental know-how that Love possesses. One of a kind…

    • franbotel - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:10 PM

      His a good player but until he plays defense and takes his team to the playoffs lets chill with the crowning. His been there for 4 yrs and his team has not sniffed the 8th seed

      • goforthanddie - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:04 PM

        “his team has not sniffed the 8th seed”
        TEAM. Key word. His TEAM sucks out loud, that is hardly his fault.

      • bparmalee - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:20 PM

        You cant ask much more of Kevin Love. He runs around trying to gather up all of the rebounds from the horrible shots Beasley throws up. Hopefully Williams and Rubio will develop quickly and they will be able to do something. If a guy is giving you 20 rebound games he is earning his keep.

  4. rgledz - Jan 3, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    @ tomtravis…..

    He must want to be a Laker because he’s from the west coast…..right? Get over yourself and stop assuming that just because he played at UCLA he wants to play in L.A.

  5. brooklynbulls - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Kevin Mchale actually made a good call on a draft pick for a change. Love is a limited player athletically but gets the best out of his ability. Who gets 20 + rebounds anymore? I remember thinking Mchale was an idiot for taking Love over Mayo. It could just be a matter of OJ’s situation in Memphis, but so far Love is the superior player.

  6. jimsjam33 - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    Don’t sign him Wolves . He’s from UCLA let come back to LA . Gasol for Love ?

  7. fmlizard - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I thought Love was as good as gone to one of the LA teams at the first possible chance. Maybe to Portland as a long shot…but probably somewhere on the West coast.

    Now, with Rubio/Love showing some signs of being at least a reasonable, pale, ground-bound facsimile of Lob City, I think there is a good chance he stays. Especially since the T-Wolves can pay him considerably more than anyone else.

  8. therealhtj - Jan 3, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    So if the figures hold, Love will be eligible for a 5yr/94mil extension like D Rose. Now there’s not a person on the planet, shy of Love’s agent, who thinks he’s worth that kind of money.

    Love should get a good deal, but Minny would have to pay him pretty close to that Max money to get him to stay. If they don’t offer it up, he’ll go elsewhere, for a few bucks less perhaps, but still enough to ensure he’ll be set for life.

    • notacelticsfan - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      Yeah, there’s not a person on the planet who thinks a guy who Never gets less than 14 boards, who usually gets upwards of 23 points, who is improving on defense every day, and is top five in free throw attempts isn’t worthy of max or close to max money.

      Oh, and he shoots threes at a 42percent clip.

      Nah, give him like Nene money.

    • goforthanddie - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:05 PM


      How does it feel to be so helplessly wrong?

  9. goforthanddie - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    There’s a slim chance Minn realizes he wants out of there post haste.

  10. lakerluver - Jan 3, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Contrary to the opinions of some, I feel Love IS a max dollar player. Who says a guy has to run like the wind or jump out the gym to be a max player? Love reminds me of a much better version of Bill Laimbeer. I’d love (pun intended) to see him with the LAKERS alongside Bynum. I’d give up Pau in a heartbeat for him!!

  11. Justin - Jan 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Love is probably the least flashy PF around but he is so fundamentally sound. Although he can shoot the 3 exceptionally well which most cannot. I notice a lot of people ripping on his defense but the game last night (vs Spurs) I saw him coming over on to help a lot on defense and even got 2 or 3 blocks. Kahn has made it very clear that Love will get a contract offer. He would get fired on the spot if he does otherwise.

  12. SOSB - Jan 3, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Probably the most overrated player in the league right now. Stats are great, but they are empty numbers. Put this guy on a great team and he’s the third best player, maybe. No Defense, wacky shot selection, etc

  13. tomtravis76 - Jan 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

    Sure, it is an assumption that a guy who spends lots of his off time in LA, went to college there , would like to play for a franchise with loads of history and is in the midst of some big changes.

    It is never going to change, stars want to play in big markets for more oportunities outside of the game. There are a few exceptions, but not so sure Love is one of those guys.Maybe he is.

  14. glink123 - Jan 4, 2012 at 12:35 AM

    Love isn’t going to get DRose money (5 yrs $94 million) because Love hasn’t a) won an MVP, b) been twice voted as an All-Star starter, or c) been twice named to an All-NBA team (first, second, or third).

  15. neelymessier - Jan 4, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    It’s not what Rose makes, it’s what another team would pay to have him. They CAP young players. What would Rose make if he was a free agent?

  16. glink123 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:15 AM

    you’re wrong. Love can only earn a percentage of his team’s salary cap, based on his years in the league. it doesn’t matter how much a team WANTS to pay him, he’s still limited by the CBA cap. The maximum amount of money a player can sign for is contingent on the number of years that player has played and the total of the salary cap. The maximum salary of a player with 6 or fewer years of experience is either $9,000,000 or 25% of the total salary cap (2010–11: $14,511,000), whichever is greater. For a player with 7–9 years of experience, the maximum is $11,000,000 or 30% of the cap (2010–11: $17,413,200), and for a player with 10+ years of experience, the maximum is $14,000,000 or 35% of the cap (2010–2011: $20,315,400).

  17. glink123 - Jan 5, 2012 at 1:22 AM

    sooo, based on those numbers, a “max” contract for Love is 5yr $72 million. nowhere near DRose’s 5yr $94 million. That MVP award for Rose kicked his 25% up to 30%, which got him an extra $22 million on his “max” deal. Love can’t get the same without an MVP award.

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