Minnesota Timberwolves' Lowball Gamble on Kevin Love Will Backfire
Love, who was the NBA Most Improved Player last year and is a contender for this year's MVP award, wants the Timberwolves to offer him a max contract worth $80 million over five years.
If you read it on the Internet it must be true right? #sarcasm
Are they crazy!!!??? This is Kevin Love, not Darko Milicic! Oh wait, they signed the underachieving center to a four-year, $20-million deal. Why not shell some extra bucks to a superstar?
Not giving K-Love the max contract he deserves will increase the chances he will leave via free agency and destroy a promising core the Timberwolves have built over the years.
The 23-year-old Love is playing like the best power forward in the NBA right now. He has improved his scoring and rebounding averages every season. K-Love averaged just 11.1 points per game as a rookie, but his scoring went up to 14, 20.2 and 24.9, respectively.
The 6'10", 260-pound Love led the NBA with 15.2 rebounds a game last year and now has 13.9 boards.
For the Timberwolves to have a strong team in the future, they need to re-sign Love. He was the second-best player in the 2008 NBA draft behind the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose and has injected some life in Minnesota for the first time since future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett left for the Boston Celtics.
Does Kevin Love deserve a max contract?
With electric point guard Ricky Rubio and promising forward Derrick Williams, the Timberwolves have a great core to build a contender around.
That core without K-Love will not be as potent.
Other teams would be interested in Love if he would become a free agent. The Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics are all teams with older or ineffective power forwards and would snag a superstar like K-Love in a heartbeat.
Minnesota should cough up an extra $18 million to keep Love and the fanbase happy. Love is needed for the future. He is the Timberwolves' leader both on and off the court.
Love is needed, as small forward and 2008 draft bust Michael Beasley is being phased out.
If Love leaves, Beasley would have to be re-signed, and the organization knows Beasley is nowhere near Love's leadership or talent level.
Signing Love for whatever he wants should be the Timberwolves' top priority if they don't want to be cellar-dwellers again.
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