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Kevin Love says no deal yet, but reports swirling

Jan 24, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT

Kevin Love AP

I’m going to go with what Kevin Love says about the current state of his extension.

A report came from Pioneer Press Tuesday night that Love and the Timberwolves had agreed to a four-year, $62 million extension to his rookie deal. That is reportedly about what the Timberwolves had been offering, but short of the extra year and roughly $18 million max deal that Love wants.

Then Love tweeted this.

If you read it on the Internet it must be true right? #sarcasm

I’m going with Love on this, I think he’d know. Also, other outlets such as ESPN are reporting that the two sides are still talking.

This impasse has been going on for a while — Minny offering four years, roughly $60 million, Love wanting five years, $80 million (the exact figures of a max deal would not be known until this year’s revenue is official for the league).

Minnesota is trying to lowball and save a few bucks on their franchise player and the face of the team in the community. Whether this is coming from GM David Kahn or owner Glen Taylor isn’t known, but it’s stupid wherever it is coming from. Love deserves the max, he’s earned it.

Minnesota is building something with Love and Ricky Rubio as the cornerstones. But the only way you really top off a great team is with some free agent role players to fill in the gaps — and it’s hard enough to get top role players to Minnesota (over bigger market, warmer climate stops) without everyone thinking you’re cheap, too.

The thinking must be that Love (like most guys after their rookie deals) wants his first big payday and will take what is offered to get the bucks. If no deal is reached by midnight Eastern on Wednesday night, Love will get a qualifying offer from Minnesota, which means they can match any offer from another team (which under the new rules can’t be more than four years, about $60 million anyway).

But if Love signs the qualifying offer and is willing to pay for $6.1 million next season (less than half the Minny offer) he could leave after next season as a free agent. And set The Wolves back. To post-Garnett like days. Big risk.

  1. gmacc85 - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Love deserves the max, he’s earned it. Ricky and k- love will be fun to watch from years to come.

  2. illogic87 - Jan 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM


  3. rgledz - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Thanks NBA for only allowing a team to offer one player a max deal. What do we do in 3 years when Rubio is up for a contract? David Stern probably had the Wolves in mind when the new rules were put into place. Ever since the Joe Smith “under the table” deal the league has had it out for the Wolves. Damn you NBA.

  4. batman001c - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    The Timberwolves are not “lowballing” Love to save money. I don’t know why so many members of the media have this take, as if Kahn and the Wolves organization don’t know Love’s value. Everyone knows how good Love is. They’re not offering him the fifth year because of the new designated player rule that only allows a team to offer the five year max deal on one player at a time. Whose contract’s end within the five years? Hmm, what about that Rubio guy, and to a lesser extent, Derrick Williams? The Wolves want to keep that in their back pocket for the negotiations that will take place once their rookie deals are up. More attention should be given to the designated player rule and how stupid it is. It’s going to force teams to guess how good players will be years down the line. Think of the mess the Thunder would’ve been in if Durant didn’t his extension already. They would’ve had to choose between Durant and Westbrook, giving one the max five year deal and the other the four year deal.

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      So you’re going to tell Love he’s not as important or as good as Rubio to the franchise? That doesn’t end well.

  5. stadix093 - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM

    They seem to be doing themselves a disservice by not using the one thing that gives them an advantage. If he’s going to get less, why not take less and head to a more desirable city? The man along with Rubio puts butts in seats and makes people with league pass like me not want to miss a Wolves game. What more can you ask for?

  6. noirad - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Don’t ruin this Minnesota.

  7. brewdogg - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    If you were Love, would you want them to be thinking about giving you less than a max deal so that they can save their max deal for a rookie with 15 games experience? We say what we want, but imagine it from Love’s perspective…. Do they have to make it a max deal if they go to 5 years, or can they go a hair under it? 5yr, $75mil is still pretty good…..

    • whatseatingharlem - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:12 PM

      I know it’s a lot of money, but these guy’s pay taxes in every city they play in. I would take the max. Plus how the owner treated the players during the CBA, please pay me!

  8. Justin - Jan 24, 2012 at 11:55 PM

    What?! Save the 5 year max deal for Darko! You kidding me?!

  9. thethruth34 - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Don’t let him become a free agent he will be in BEAN TOWN next year with a max deal

    • purple4dub - Jan 25, 2012 at 12:28 PM

      Your a bigot!!! This blog is for real conversation- not racists slurs-on that note, I would enjoy watching Love wear a purple and gold jersey playing ball – it will be just like watching him in blue and gold all over again- maybe all he needs is a bit of that good ol’ California lovin…

  10. goforthanddie - Jan 25, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    He deserves a max contract more than a few currently signed to max contracts. And since it’s MINN we’re talking about, leaving himself an out clause wouldn’t be a bad idea.

  11. manwithpizza - Jan 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    It’s strange that the “negotiations” keep going here. He’s either going to get a 4-year-max or a 5-year-max, what is there to negotiate? Surely the Wolves have already decided whether or not to offer the 5 years. And surely Love and his agent have an idea in mind of what the will accept. Is this just a game of chicken? Or is there something more to it?

    I wonder if the early termination clause (like in LeBron’s and Bosh’s contracts) is the sticking point. I wonder if Love wants an early termination clause and the Wolves are refusing to give him the 5 year max unless he doesn’t put it in.

    Just a thought.

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