Kevin Love, the Timberwolves' spectacular big, will be offered a six-year, $70 million contract to keep his talents in Minnesota sometime this season.
As a T'Wolves enthusiast, I can say that this deal would be well worth it for the club. It truly would be saddening if K-Love packed his bags and headed elsewhere.
I will take a look at 10 reasons why losing him in the future would be devastating.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!
Every year since Kevin Garnett was selected in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft, there has been a big who has averaged a double-double for the Wolves.
From that '95 season until '07, it was Garnett.
Then Al Jefferson danced to the tune for three seasons, the last of which he shared a DD with Love.
If Love were to leave, who would take over the throne? Darko?
Just hearing the names on that frontcourt make you chuckle, don't they?
The summer of 2010 was another one for the Wolves that was filled with trades and signings galore.
Then management was given a choice with accomplished bigs Al Jefferson and Love. They ultimately decided to retain Love, and thus far it has seemingly been the correct choice.
So why would they give him up now if they wanted to keep his contract?
This reason should go without saying, but I'll state it for you anyway.
A team with Michael Beasley and Luke Ridnour as its leaders would surely lose often.
There is absolutely no way this team would win more than its mediocre pace that it is currently walking on.
There is no way that any other team willing to trade Kevin Love would give away their superstar. I'm talking to you, Magic, Knicks, Heat, and others.
All someone would do is offer three first-rounders and run away with K-Love.
But who knows? The first-round selections could turn into KG or Love, but they could also turn into Ndudi Ebi or even worse—Ricky Rubio.
As a spectator of a handful of Wolves' games this season, I can tell you exactly what Kevin Love means to the team.
Every time Kevin nears that double-double his numbers appear on the screen and fans cheer for their All-Star loudly. If Michael Beasley was the main attraction, there would be no doubt in my mind that there would be less fans than the 14,000 that Minnesota currently averages.
The attendance numbers, at 25th in the league as of now, would surely dip if Love skipped town.
If Kevin Love were to leave Minnesota, no doubt in my mind he would return the following year as every team must play in all 29 cities throughout the course of a season's work.
Seeing Kevin Garnett in Celtics green and Al Jefferson is Jazz purple still makes me sad.
Surely seeing Love in Lakers purple or Knicks blue would be a devastating sight.
Coming out of UCLA in the 2008 NBA Draft, Kevin Love was supposed to be nothing more than a routine power forward, but in all honesty all systems point to a drastic improvement since coming into the league.
His shooting stock has shot straight up since joining the Timberwolves, and even his mediocre defense has improved a bit.
He has improved so much in his time in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. So why should he leave us in the dust?
In just one season Love has flipped the switch from good rebounder to best rebounder in the league.
He currently averages better than 15 a game and leads Dwight Howard, who is in second in total boards, by over two per game.
If he were to book his flight out of Minneapolis, the team surely would miss his rebounding skills. Not since Dennis Rodman have I seen such a unique rebounder.
The NBA has 12 recorded 20-point, 20-rebound performances under its' belt this season.
Kevin Love has 11 of those 12.
Do you understand why Minnesota would miss him yet?
Kevin Garnett was the man when he played in Minnesota.
Unfortunately, the team has downgraded considerably since his departure. Kevin Love is the first true star (sorry, Al Jefferson) since the Big Ticket headed to New England.
The state of the Minnesota Timberwolves would certainly hit a stage of unwanted depression and 13 win seasons.
We already are one of the laughing stocks of the league, so why not keep our prized possession?