It has been rumored that the Timberwolves are preparing over $70 million to offer Kevin Love after the labor deal is reached.
Timberwolves fans are probably split on this one.
Some may like the fact that they are trying to lock up their best player, who happens to be ripe at the age of 22. Others may be upset that all of the cap room that Minnesota created in the past couple of years is going to go to a guy that was on the roster before the "three-year plan" from David Kahn was unveiled, rather than a marquee new face.
Nonetheless, it finally shows some direction from the Timberwolves organization. They only have two players coming off the books next year in Sebastian Telfair and Lazar Hayward. So a large portion of their core will remain intact. Yet, this might not be a good thing.
Michael Beasley has proven to be streaky at best, Darko Milicic has shown he will never be an above average center and Martell Webster has been mildly disappointing,
A draft day deal. This group of players has proven to be below average at best, and this organization cannot continue to grow around mediocre players.
If they do not pursue a trade, I would have to question whether Kevin Love would even want to sign for big money to stay in Minnesota. After all, the recent trend for good players is to leave when the organization does not provide them with All-Star after All-Star.
Although I like the move by the Timberwolves to choose Kevin Love as their franchise player going forward and pay him as he deserves. Still, If I were Kevin Love, I would follow suit and leave if a big draft day deal is not made.
It's on you, Mr. Kahn.