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Adelman would like to see Kevin Love’s contract get done

Jan 20, 2012, 11:20 PM EDT

Rick Adelman AP

Agent Dan Fegan — who represents Kevin Love — was courtside at Staples Center Friday night to watch his star power forward. Timberwolves GM David Kahn also was seen walking around the building.

Rick Adelman would like the two to get together and talk.

They have until next Wednesday to reach a deal for an extension to Love’s rookie contract, but the sides reportedly are $20 million apart. Adelman is too savvy to step in the trap of what is a far deal, but he was happy to talk about how he wants to see it get done.

“I think from a coaching standpoint he’s really important — he’s crucial to us,” Adelman said before his team took on the Clippers. “I’m hoping that is going to happen for his sake. He came out with a great start and hopefully they are going to come to some resolution.

I don’t know what would happen if it didn’t… It certainly would help him and that would help us. Not to have it hanging over there.

The Wolves reportedly are set to offer him four years, $60 million — which matches what other teams could offer but is short of the max deal of five years, $80 million that could be offered. What Love’s teammate at UCLA Russell Westbrook just got from the Thunder.

If no deal is reached by next Wednesday, the Wolves would extend a qualifying offer to Love ($6.1 million next season) and he would be a restricted free agent. Meaning he could go seek out other offers from other teams, but the Wolves could match it. And they would — no offer would be higher than what the Wolves have already put on the table.

The concern for Minny — Love signs the qualifying offer, plays for one year then becomes an unrestricted free agent.

It is likely the Wolves are trying to get Love to take less than the max, but there are questions about if he would. Or should. He is already one of the best power forwards in the game and the guy that is the face of the Wolves marketing. He puts butts in seats.

Adelman just likes what he sees on the court — and wants to keep that.

“He really came in (to camp) in terrific shape,” Adelman said. “I’ve known him a lot of years and he is so much more active right now. He’s moving better, he’s running better, just everything about him is much quicker. But he’s been consistent in his rebounding, he’s relentless at both ends of the court, he’s shot the ball really well. With the point guards we have it’s really good for him, it can open up a lot of things for him on the pick and rolls and he gets a lot of shots that way.

“He’s just a guy you center (your franchise) around.”

Sounds like a max guy to us.

  1. glink123 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    If I’m Love, I sign the 1-year qualifying offer and I bail afterwards. Dude, you want NO part of wasting your bball career in Minnesota. Even if they offer you $80 mil, don’t take it. Learn from Garnett.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      Learn from Garnett? The same franchise that gave him the biggest deal in NBA history? A deal so big it caused a lockout? Garnett ran the show in Minnesota. It was him who refused to let the Wolves add pieces around him, because he wanted his buddies on the team. In fact Minnesota went so far out their way to accommodate him to have Joe Smith, the Wolves broke rules and lost 5 1st round picks for it. Part of the reason why they were that bad to get/trade for Kevin Love.

      Learn your history, not what you wanna make believe.

      • jollyjoker2 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:24 AM

        Agreed, Garnett was good in his prime, but quite honestly he acted like a ghetto thug in person. Not a role model to a dog, thats for sure. Also, I like Love, but I have no idea why adelman is involved. I mean, the timber puppies have not had a decent winning season in years and everyone gets a big rich gold brick after winning a few games. …. I think not.

  2. packhawk04 - Jan 20, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    Can only max 1 player, and the wolves will want to save that for rubio.

  3. willardj - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    Good timing by Love on that game-winner…

  4. zer0sand0nes - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    I’m starting to get tired of these players that are solid to really good thinking they should command “max player” deals. Love is good but I find it amusing that it took a contract year for him to arrive in shape, he must be ~25 lbs lighter than he’s ever been in the league. Kobe, Lebron, Wade, Howard, Durrant etc are max type players NOT Love or Westbrook.

    • slayyyyyer - Jan 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM

      Youre right, apparently averaging 25 and 15 isnt quite the “star quality” you might be looking for. What was it last year? 20 and 15? He should probably be warming the bench I suppose. Stop youre crying for Durant, he’ll get his. Kobe, already got his. Lebron and Wade got theirs, Howard is gonna get his.

      Basically, youre saying that if youre not one of the most recognizable faces in the league, that you dont get to even think about a max deal? Come’on… Love is consistant. Consistantly better then most in the league.

  5. glink123 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:48 AM

    remind me again, how many NBA championships did Garnett win in Minnesota? Oh that’s right, it was zero. Garnett wasted 12 years of his career playing for a bottom-feeder franchise in the smallest market in the league. Love will never play in an NBA finals if he stays in MN.

    • hauts81 - Jan 21, 2012 at 3:05 AM

      i think you need to read the first reply to your original comment.

    • Justin - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:46 AM

      You could argue that Minnesota wasted 12 years paying Garnett for him to choke in the first round of the playoffs.

  6. bfile73 - Jan 21, 2012 at 4:46 AM

    Smallest market? Look at a map. Probably a bitter Laker fan, the run is over.

    • jimeejohnson - Jan 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM

      Or Celtics: their run is over, too.

  7. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 21, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    Apparently you forgot about the 2003-04 season where the Wolves went to the West Finals. If Sam Cassell doesn’t get hurt, the Wolves beat the Lakers. It took the Lakers 6 games to beat an injured Wolves team. The same Lakers that won the NBA title.

    If you remember what Garnett said when he did win a title, the first thing he did was point out this Championship is for all my fans in Minny. How about the fact, when Charles Barkley interviewed him his last year with the Wolves when they were .500 at the time, he broke down in tears.

    How exactly is it a bottom feeder team when Garnett was with the Wolves they always made the playoffs except his first 2 years and last year with the team? How is it a bottom feeder wAnd hen the Wolves consistently sold out Target Center and won 50+ games on the consistent basis?

    And Minnesota isn’t the smallest market in the league. Try middle. Bigger than San Antonio, Orlando, Oakland, Sacramento, Oklahoma City, Utah, Miami, and about 13 other markets. Minneapolis is a top 15 market.

    But hey,if it was 14, I’d think I know everything too.

  8. fmlizard - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    MSP is the Association’s 13th largest TV market (Nielsen June 2011). That clocks in 23 slots ahead of San Antonio, 29 ahead of Oklahoma City, and get this – one ahead of Miami/Ft Lauderdale. That’s right, the King’s Court has a few fewer TVs than Love and his icebox.

    Smallest market in the league? Hardly.

  9. sknut - Jan 21, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Love will get his deal, Kahn!!!!!!!!!!!!! isn’t that stupid. Its worth haggling over every last dollar just in case he doesn’t take the max. There is no way he doesn’t get his deal in the next few days.

  10. slayyyyyer - Jan 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Smallest. Market. In.The. League….. Lol, I can think of 15 smaller markets. We cant help if our owner is an idiot and doesnt know what hes doing. For how much I loathe Khan!!! Hes right on schedule with everything hes preached. (we probably could have gotten there faster.)

    Just saying check your facts, a market isnt small cause it gets cold and isnt new york or chicago.

  11. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Jan 21, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    it will get done… just give it time… no need to hurry and both sides no this… they will use as much time as they need to, if that’s till midnight wed night, so be it! (or whenever the last possible second is)

  12. illogic87 - Jan 21, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    glink123 got owned

  13. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    TV Market Size does not equal NBA Market Strength. Learn to read. And yes, Minneapolis, you’re very much a bottom-feeder sports market. Ask the Lakers. Ask the Twins. Ask the Vikings. LOL.

    • youallrfools - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      You are a complete idiot. Twins and vikings are both top 15 markets. Good thing you found another idiots article to quote.
      The real question is why do you care? People like you should go away. Or just come out of the closet and stop being a dick. maybe then you would have a friend and stop trolling on the internet from your moms basement.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:13 PM

      bottom feeder? Twins had the top 8 payroll at 115 million. Vikings had the 3rd highest payroll when there wasn’t a salary cap, and had to cut players to get under the salary cap this year. I guess signing a player to a 8 year 164 million contract screams small market.

  14. youallrfools - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I had to check this out. The ocerall score has little to do with market size you moron. Its the authors made up calculation of franchise strength. Nice try though. If you had any type of reasoning you would have realized that, but after reading your posts i shouldnt be surprised. Go away troll.

  15. greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 22, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2008/09/10/nielsen-local-television-market-universe-estimates/5037/

    that is Nielsen local television markets. Minneapolis is 15th in the nation.

    SMALLER MARKETS ARE:
    Miami
    Cleveland
    Denver
    Orlando
    Sacramento
    Portland
    Charlotte
    Indianapolis
    Utah
    Milwaukee
    San Antonio
    Oklahoma City
    Memphis
    New Orleans

  16. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    15th largest TV market, and your football team is currently without a lease, and without a stadium. So you’re either too cheap or too poor to support your local sports franchises. haha.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      lease doesn’t expire until Feb 1st anways. It’s not a matter of us being cheap, it’s finding the right way to finance it. Half doesn’t want to expand gambling, the other half doesn;t want to raise taxes. It’s a matter of when not if the stadium gets done. And what does that have to do with K-Love?

  17. illogic87 - Jan 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    what does the Vikings not having a stadium have anything to do with klove contract

  18. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

    the issue isn’t the klove contract. the issue is the mega-sports juggernaut that is Minnapolis. the North Stars and Lakers paved the way to showing how the 15th largest TV market, by nature of sheer population, instantly makes their local sports teams financially sustainable. the T-pups, with their billionaire owner (7th wealthiest owner in the league), and 15th largest market, demonstrate their organizational excellence by flourishing to build their product mega-brand to the 29th-ranked franchise in value (out of 30), while treating their fans and rewarding their superstar lineup of players with a payroll that ranks 28th (out of 30) in the NBA. That’s doing it RIGHT, Minnesota. You guys rock!

  19. glink123 - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    P.S. LeBron just tweeted, he wants to bring his talents to the Twin Cities! Him, Carmello, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard all have Minneapolis on the top of their lists for trades. Because, ya know, if I’m a 24 year old black male worth $250 million dollars, I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather live than the diversity-filled melting pot that is Minneapolis.

  20. slayyyyyer - Jan 22, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    I love how you bring up tv revenue with the north stars. (who left in 1992 I think) and then the lakers who left in the early 60’s. I suppose those were the times that tv revenue mattered right? Lets not be so silly as to think that tv money doesnt matter. Yes, youre right, minnesota isnt exactly the top destination on most free agents wish list. Thats why we build our teams. The vikings tried to do the “buy a championship” thing, and that blew up in our faces. Such is life. The timberwolves happen to be doing it right.

    Now, im sure the article you cited was fun reading for you. Mind you, I have to assume its based in the fantasy land that is billings montana where you probably live. Or maybe its seattle. But in reality, theres only a few pro sports teams that can make money when they suck. And yes, the wolves sucked the past 5 years.

    Either way, youre an idiot. Get over it. Hes going to get his deal. And just like the rest of the idiots out there, youre going to continue to try to drive home a point that just doesnt matter. Get a job, move out of the basement shave and get a girlfriend. Or at least tell your pimp to do a better job educating you on the economics of MN.

  21. brewdogg - Jan 23, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    So you’re holding the Lakers against Minnesota in the present? Well then, I guess we could point out how the Raiders and Rams left LA, the Dodgers bailed on Brooklyn, St.Louis, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, San Diego, Philadelphia, Boston, Milwaukee, Cleveland…..

    ATTENTION ALL PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES!!!!

    Somehow a tool posting on PBT has come to the determination that playing in a city that has formerly had a professional sports team leave is a bad idea. If you play in any of the aforementioned cities, get out now!! Derrick Rose, you were a fool to sign that extension!! Kyrie Irving, don’t buy a house!!

    Oh wait….glink rides the short bus? Nevermind, go on about your business. Will somebody put something shiny on the floor so he gets away from the computer?

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