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Kevin Love says no deal yet, but reports swirling


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.

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

Rick Adelman

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.

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

Kevin Love

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.

Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

Kevin Love

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.

Timberwolves priority to re-sign now thinner Kevin Love

NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

Say what you will about David Kahn — and trust me, we will — the man knows why he still is pulling a paycheck.

And he said at his press conference Thursday that he wants to make sure Kevin Love gets an extension on his rookie deal. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune had the tweet.

Kahn on re-signing Love: “It certainly is a priority. I expect Kevin will be a big part of this franchise for a number of years.”

Don’t screw this up Minny. Love does not qualify for the Derrick Rose rule, so he gets a rookie-max deal. Give it to him.

This is a new, thinner Kevin Love getting an extension, by the way. The Portland Tribune has this note (via SLAM).

Minnesota’s 6-9 power forward will enter training camp on Dec. 9 weighing in at 240 pounds, down about 25 from his playing weight at the end of last season. ‘Haven’t been this low since my freshman year in high school,’ quips Love, 23, the former Lake Oswego High standout.

The secret, clearly, is beach volleyball. Still not sure he fits in a pair of skinny jeans, but better conditioning is a good sign for his production this year.