Minnesota Timberwolves: Is Kevin Love Worthy of a Max Contract?

Dan AdamsCorrespondent IJanuary 3, 2012

Will the Wolves show him some Love?
Will the Wolves show him some Love?Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Kevin Love is averaging 25.4 PPG, 15.2 RBG, and 0.6 blocks per game over the Timberwolves' first five games.

The question should be, can he sustain those numbers over an entire season?

But he has already proven he can do that. The Timberwolves have a remaining option-year on Kevin Love in 2012-13, but they likely will renegotiate with him prior to next season. The problem that remains is the Timberwolves still have only won 19 of their past 87 contests. Yes, they do look better on the court this season with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio being the-talk-of-the-town in the Twin Cities right now. Love couldn't do what Rubio has done and that is bring life back to a dead organization in this area.

The T'Wolves organization couldn't give away seats after the trade of Kevin Garnett. Last year, they offered season tickets for $1-4 depending on the draft position the 'Wolves earned in the NBA Lottery. They ended up with the third pick in the 2010 draft (picking Wes Johnson, Syracuse).

I still have to believe that the Timberwolves will need to have a successful 66 game campaign this season to make Love's max-contract expectation a reality. If the 'Wolves continue to falter, it may not hurt the organization to acquire that premier 2-guard they are looking for and move Derrick Williams down on the block full-time. He and Love were grappling for rebounds in their first few games, and since, the young rookie has backed off Love letting him grab his usual share without contest.

I personally feel, Love needs to remain part of the wolf pack this organization is putting together. They are extremely fun to watch right now and with the amount of open shots Rubio is creating for Love among others, they should be in the playoff mix this season. The question has to be, if the 'Wolves sign Love to a max deal, what do they do with the only player who can create his own shot on this team, Michael "Brick" Beasley? 

The "Brick" was as a result of the early reputation he has got in the media after poor shooting performances. He somewhat silenced those critics after having a good night against the San Antonio Spurs last evening. It will be an on-going story all season. What do the 'Wolves do with Beasley if Love is their guy?