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.
The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.
If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.
At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.
I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.
By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.
Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.
Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.
Here’s another angle:
Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.
There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.
At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.
Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.
So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.
That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.