The Minnesota Timberwolves gambled on their future with superstar Kevin Love.
Rather than locking up Love in a five-year max contract, the franchise offered just a four-year deal with an opt-out option after three seasons.
Don't look now, but the playoff-hungry Love could be closing in on yet another disappointing season in Minnesota. The Timberwolves have a flimsy hold on the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but Love's desires extend beyond a one-and-done playoff run.
The revolving door that has become Minnesota's roster has done nothing to quell his growing anxiety over the front office's ability to build a championship contender. Love is acutely aware of that ticking contract clock and remains unsure about his future with the franchise (according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports).
His unique skill set is both impressive and growing. And it will lead to no shortage of suitors should Love want out after the 2014-15 season.
The last thing Minnesota can handle is a locker room divided. But their decision to save that max offer for Ricky Rubio could be fostering those discussions already.
If Love follows the path of Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony, Minnesota may have to start listening to trade offers sooner rather than later. If Love embraces the role of model citizen, he'll quietly play out these two-plus seasons, then have his pick of employers.