Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:40 am  |  44 responses

TWolves To Offer $70M Extension To Kevin Love?

As he quickly closes in on Moses Malone’s record of 51-straight double doubles, Kevin Love may soon reap a very healthy reward, according to a little birdie: “Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love can look forward to a contract extension offer of six years in the $70 million range once a new NBA labor deal is reached, a little birdie says. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expires June 30. Love, 22, can become a restricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season. The Wolves have no intention of letting him get that far.”

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    stack your chips Kev!

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    dang….six years…..maybe think before stacking your chips though

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I guess six years is a bit long, but dude has proved himself.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    thats a lot of dough, but he’s gone unless they wow him. cant say no to that Kevin

  • unrel

    hopefully he gets some player options in that contract.. i’d hate to be a loser for 6 years straight.. i don’t care how many records i hold..

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    Love needs to join the Thunder, but turning down 70 million is probably a little too hard for fim, can’t blame him.

  • irondan21

    Terrible idea for both sides. Potentially 6 more years in twolves country could be fatal to his high spirits. And his contact will only futher choke the broke twolves

  • johnny c

    just like the twolves to make a short sighted decision like this. seems good at the time, and screws them later.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Thats alot of cash for a guy who put up numbers on a scrub team. I like Klove but he’s not making anyone better in Minnie. By the end of that deal the Twolves wouldn’t have even sniffed the playoff.

  • Fat Lever

    Will this be the first contract in history that has a clause that will allow him to fire his own GM for a more competent one? I would make sure that verbiage is in there if I’m Love.

  • http://aol Dalucian

    6 years – $70 Mil, Is Kevin Mchale still the GM I thought crippling the T-Wolves was his job….. Love is a decent player but a max player? His rebounding stats are inflated because he plays on a team that can’t throw a rock in the ocean.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    Would Love to see him on another team, but… that might be hard to turn down..

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    As long as the last two years have a player option this is a good deal. It puts some pressure on the team to make moves to improve and at the same time puts some nice cash in Loves pockets. I’m not sure how much he thinks he’s worth on the open market, but 11+ mil a year ain’t bad, but not a max deal either.

  • http://Slamonline.com LakeShow

    Good Move. They need a C. Then they might be good.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles brown

    Three words….C B A.

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Myles brown

    There won’t be six year contracts anymore.

  • ciroqobama

    The wrath of KAHN strikes again

  • http://Slamonline.com Mars

    For those of us who remember the Kevin Garnett deal (something like 6 yrs $126 mil…vomit), this could be a disaster in the making. Do what you gotta do Minnesota. I wish nothing but the best for the west, wish nothing but the best for the west, cause the east is not playing around. Lets hope Dwight Howard goes to C’s next year. Yup, remember where you heard it first.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Seems a little steep.. A couple years ago The Wolves couldn’t sign too many great players because of KG’s gigantic contract..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9S2sLe8VuMo Speedster

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  • dsleepy

    hmm isn’t k.love going to be restriced FA? couldn’t they have just waited til a new cba was put in place and matched a (much lower) offer sheet? keeping him was a good look, i just don’t know about the dollars. not hating on the move (as kevin is a great player), i just think it could’ve been executed for a cheaper price.

  • dsleepy

    @Mars: D12 already came out and said Boston is too cold.

  • http://360special.blogspot.com dev0

    Minnesota… power forward… extended contract… guy named Kevin… best of luck to both sides, we’ve seen this film before

  • Bruno

    cosign dev0

  • 1982

    cosign dev0: Good luck padding the rest of the team.

  • iSwag24

    raptors need to get a kevin love type feller, to minimize bargnani’s woes..

  • rich

    its not a bad deal its not like kevin love is athletic so he can keep up his play for a very long time. most of his rebounds are defensive so his teams poor shooting has nothing to do with his rebounds. if they get an athletic 5 like deandre jordan they will be a pretty solid team

  • http://sdfklf.com Jukai

    It’s 11 million dollars a year, guys. Kevin Garnett’s 6 million contract had him making over 20 million a year. I’m not sure if it’s proper value for KLove, but what, is he worth nine, ten million dollars a year? The one or two million isn’t going to break the bank for the Wolves and BECAUSE it’s the lowly L-Wolves, they had to throw more money in anyway.
    Plus, legacy wise, it may be good for K-Love to play on a sh*t team and rack up the stats.

  • Drew

    Take the money first. Who cares if it’s for 6 years. If these last couple of years have taught us anything it’s you can always force your way out of a team and demand to be traded to your desired team.

  • Erik Franke

    I think this is a great move by the TWolves. With signing Love, they can show that they are ready to build this team. They will bring Rubio over next year. Then they will have the leading scoring and the ROY next year. This is just the start and I think it will turn out great for the Wolves!

  • Jeff H

    12 Million a year, is expensive but seems to fit the going rate for a player of his talents. Would you rather pay him 12 or Carmelo 22Million a year?

  • MikeC.

    An issue that needs to be addressed in the next CBA is the fact that the so-called “undesirable” markets have to overpay to keep their players. I’m not a capologist or even a scientician, but it seems like 2nd tier players are getting 1st tier money in the smaller markets. Love is nice and all, but not $70 mil nice. The Wolves have to wow him with their offer and overpay to keep him.

  • http://counterkicks.com Quinned

    if they want to win it starts with d and Klove hasn’t been bringing it. He’s good but needs both sides of the ball to get that money

  • T-Money

    i love how ppl act like they know what provisions will or won’t be included in the next cba before any negotiation has actually taken place. right now, all we know is the owners maximum outcome, not their bottom lines. / klove should take the money and run whenever it’s on the table. as evidenced by the asg selection process, most coaches don’t think his stats are “real”. i don’t watch minnesota (ever) so i really don’t know what’s the deal with him. he didn’t look like he belonged in the asg but he doesn’t look like a guy that would thrive in that situation.

  • logues

    hes a great player but he will never be able to be a franchise player and carry a team

  • T-Money

    drew: only in your last year. the player has zero leverage to get traded to his preferred destination unless he’s in the last year of his contract and threathens to not re-up with the team that traded for him. that’s why nj didn’t want to do the melo trade without his consent but didn’t care about consulting deron before trading for him.

  • Mr. UPS

    Rubio will never play for the Twolves. He’s the Knicks next pg.

  • Myles Brown

    If the owners are fighting to cut salaries significantly and possibly add a franchise tag, then shorter contracts are going to be a concession the players have to make.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    I really don’t think he’s that good, on a good team he would put up like 18 and 11, still impressive but not worth that much money.

  • http://www.sunlustxxx.com RunNGun

    Rubio and Love to the Knicks… make it happen, Walsh.

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  • http://google c_cantrell

    he wont sign.. he has publicly expressed his displeasure with the twolves too many times.. he should hold out and sign with the thunder in a couple years

  • ciroqobama

    Rubio is a bum

  • rik

    Way too much… wasnt al jefferson an allstar with the wolves?