As the first All-Star in Minnesota since Kevin Garnett left, there has been quite a bit of speculation as to the future of Kevin Love in Minnesota. He’s gone on record saying he loves the Twin Cities, but at the same time he has stopped short of saying he will be staying in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Fortunately for Timberwolves fans, it appears that a majority of people around the league are convinced that Love in Minnesota are a surefire thing.
According to David Aldridge, “Most people around the league believe this is as close to a sure thing as possible. Love has been informed, shall we say, at every step of the Timberwolves’ rebuilding process the last couple of years. It doesn’t mean he had veto power, but he was not surprised by anything management has done. And just as it was important to surround Ricky Rubio with enough talent to make his arrival easier, the Wolves needed to improve both the talent and the coaching dynamism to keep West coaster Love from seeking greener pastures. …. ‘Minnesota will pay Love,’ an executive with another team said Sunday; the max the Wolves can give him is a five-year deal in excess of $80 million.”
Love has been a sensation player the past 2 seasons in Minnesota. He recorded the league’s first 30/30 (points and rebounds) in 28 years, broke the NBA double-double record with 53 in a row, and he is second only to Dwight Howard in 20/20 games since entering the NBA in 2008. Love is also averaging 21 points and 15 rebounds the past 2 seasons as a full-time starter.
The Timberwolves (5-8) have until January 25th to sign Love to an extension. They will host the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night before starting a 2 game road trip this coming weekend.