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Report: Wolves set to do the obvious, offer Kevin Love max extension

Jan 8, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

The timing is perfect. For the first time, the organization looks to be headed in the right direction. For the first time, he has a star next to him. For the first time, they have a coach who loves him. For the first time, the Wolves can capitalize on momentum, forget the mistakes of the past with Kevin Love, and lock him up for the future.

ESPN radio in Minneapolis reports:

One team source said he would be “shocked” if a maximum contract offer to Love isnt made by the 11 p.m. deadline on Jan. 25.

via Wolfson: Wolves will offer Kevin Love maximum, but will he take it? | 1500 ESPN Twin Cities – Minnesota Sports News & Opinion Twins, Vikings, Wolves, Wild, Gophers.

Love will take the offer, because that’s what you do coming off your rookie deal, and because for the first time, it’s fun to play in Minnesota. That’s what Ricky Rubio and Rick Adelman does.

There had been concerns the Wolves were taking too long, but for whatever reason, the report suggest they’re about to resolve those issues. David Kahn has gotten little credit for the transformation of the Wolves, but it was his call to draft Rubio, even if he did take Flynn as well. It was his call to draft Derrick Williams and not trade the pick. It was his call to not trade Love (though there have long been rumored tensions between the GM and Love). He’s built around Love and given him a coach he has a relationship with.

The Wolves are still bad, but they’re improving. And David Kahn deserves as much credit for that as he deserved the scorn of the past three years.

  1. Justin - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    A core of DWill, Rubio, and Love is much easier to get on board with than Love and Beasley last year. Yeah there is a lot of work to do for them and they are pretty young but there is upside.

    • therealhtj - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      Paying Love the max is about the only way to convince him to stay, but honestly, why would you? He’s a nice piece to have, but is he D Rose? No, of course not. Does he make you a championship contender? Obviously not. Honestly, you’d be better off trading him now while his value’s at an all-time high before giving him a chance to pull another KG on you, who by the way, Love is not in a class with either.

      The only reason he’ll take the deal is, well, that’s what you do. Take the first big extension your podunk team offers up because you want to make sure your grandkids never have to work again. Then force a trade to the market of your choice once that big extension is about to expire. Textbook NBA star playbook.

      Love seemed like he’d be the first to play out the qualifying offer and jump ship at the first opportunity, but I’m sure he’s got a scumbag agent behind him making sure that’ll never happen.

  2. lakerluver - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    Don’t sign it, Kevin, go back home to L. A. and play with the LAKERS!!!

  3. goforthanddie - Jan 8, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    Are they also set to lose him?
    I think the young man would like to come home. Since Nate likes playing LMA as a center so much, that opens up a nice double-double slot for Love in Portland, a team whose future is a bit more guaranteed than MINN. Love chucking outlet passes to Crash/Batum/Aldridge? Yeah, that would be good times :)

  4. adiddie - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:35 PM

    Lakerluver can eat a diccup til he hiccups, u stole our club some 50 years ago, your not stealing our stud player now

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      Not that I have a horse in this race, but I think LA is more interested in stealing your football team these days.

      • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        That stadium issue will be resolved here in a couple weeks, I’d start watching the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars.

  5. keyshawn22 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:37 PM

    Dont do it Kevin…everyone saw KG waste all the prime years of career for an organization that was going nowhere dont make the same mistake!!

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 8, 2012 at 9:38 PM

      Apparently you don’t watch basketball. Garnett single handily put this league in a lockout the last time around. Everyone one here knows Garnett ran the show here. So much, his boys were given contracts to stay here over trying to get players to come here to help. Garnett’s first words when he won his ring was “this is for all of you in Minny.”. I guess winning 50 games a year isn’t all that good. Or taking the Lakers to 6 games before Cassell finally got too hurt. If Cassell is healthy Lakers don’t win that series.

  6. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 8, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    The last superstar in Minnesota(also named Kevin) kept that team afloat for some time but couldn’t accomplish anything significant during his athletic prime. KG had to get himself out of there if he wanted to win a ring or 2 and I truly believe Love is going to have to make the same move if he too wants the ring-bling.

    • brewdogg - Jan 9, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      I truly believe that your logic is about as sound as the ground in LA…. By your logic, Kevin Durant should switch teams because Kemp and Payton couldn’t win for that franchise. Evans should already be making plans to leave, since the Cavs couldn’t win with Lebron. Same with Lawson in Denver. Rose should be leaving Chicago as soon as he can….they can’t win without Jordan. And Wall won’t know a .500+ season until he gets out of Washington, right? So, basically, if players actually listened to you, no team that hasn’t won recently would ever win, because all good players would leave their teams at the first opportunity. Makes perfect sense.

      You may want to change your screen name….

  7. btwicey - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    If minny can do this they’re headed in the right direction. I’ve been waiting 4 years to say that

  8. jsally430 - Jan 8, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    This the first time the wolves have actually built around a player. Remember when they had starbury and k.g? I all ways wondered what k.g could of done if marbury was um normal? They have real solid talent around love should be interesting

  9. nflinla - Jan 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    He wants to play for the Lakers, like he did in high school.

  10. rgledz - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    To the people who say that KG had to leave Minnesota to win a ring……you’re right. He had to because KG could never be the number one guy. The guy that hits the big shot to win the game or rather wants to take the big shot to win the game. The organization had nothing to do with him “wasting away”. He has to have better players to do the big things when the time comes because he can’t do it himself. Put him with 2 other superstars who are willing to take the big shot and he’s a nice compliment (Spreewell, Cassel…Pierce, Allen) let him be the number one guy and he wouldn’t have had success anywhere. Love is not that guy and he will be the number one guy that takes this team to the next level.

  11. therookie773 - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:51 AM

    Unrelated but I hope people that use this forum know when to use the thumbs up and thumbs down. Don’t thumbs down a comment because you disagree with it, only do it if it isn’t relevant to the article or if it doesn’t have a solid point or if they are blatantly trolling. Otherwise it discourages a lot of people from reading the comments if they see that it is downvoted so much. I know this isn’t a serious forum but it’s a start, hopefully we can at least have decent debates and opinions that are fair in the future.

  12. lakerluver - Jan 9, 2012 at 8:18 AM

    Bynum and Love sounds pretty sweet to me!! They would form the best twin towers tandem in the NBA by far. Don’t sign that contract with Minny, Kevin. You will regret it if you do. Rubio will also be leaving as soon as he can. He never wanted to go there to begin with.

    • brewdogg - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      1) You’re a tool. Did you ever notice that not a whole lot of people sign with the Lakers? Ever think about why that is? Try, maybe you’ll catch on,

      2) Love/Bynum wouldn’t even be the best “twin towers” in town. While Love and Griffin may be close, I’ll take Jordan over Bynum. And even if you disagree….both towers need to be standing.

      • 00maltliquor - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

        1) You’re an idiot.

        2) You’re a complete idiot. Go ahead and take 8 and 7 with zero post moves over 22 and 15 with the best post player in the game.

      • illegalblues - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:50 PM

        lol jordan over bynam. alright dude

  13. vikesdynasty - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    it doesnt matter if he doesnt sign a contract now, he’s still a restricted free agent so if some team offers him the max this offseason, minnesota has the right to match it and of course they will. so all the morons hoping he wont sign, its irrelevant

  14. illegalblues - Jan 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    love/rubio/williams is a pretty decent core. would love to see them make a splash on the market next year for a good 2 guard. team could be deep if randolph ever grows up.

  15. azpackerbacker - Jan 9, 2012 at 10:48 PM


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