Jerry Zgoda's Sunday Insider: Love is priceless

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 15, 2012 - 12:31 AM

The Wolves must sign Kevin Love to a contract extension by Jan. 25, even if that means giving him a max contract.

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mauerprideJan. 14, 12 5:47 PM

Signing Love to a Max contract is the most obvious decision that the Wolves have ever confronted. That probably means that they either will not do it or that they will attempt to induce Love with additional, impermissible benefits--and get busted. Only the Wolves could screw this up.

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jnardo1Jan. 14, 12 6:15 PM

Love is a solid player, with great stats and the Wolves should try to sign him early. I do have one concern though, he's definitely not strong on the D. Maybe it's when I've watched, but seems to back off his man when he's about to shoot to get rebounding position. In some instances this may be the right decision, but he's basically leaving his man for a wide open, uncontested shot. Doesn't seem like a good idea to me. This may account for part of his rebounding stats.

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yohaahooJan. 14, 12 6:19 PM

Seems like a forgone conclusion to me that he will sign here long-term - for the max(probably) or close to it. Adelman would not have been offered & signed on for 5 years to have Love leave after 2.

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nodon7Jan. 14, 12 7:09 PM

Wolves have to sign Love. Not really sure he is a max player, but losing him would be awful.

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snoozecruiseJan. 14, 1210:24 PM

I've never been able to understand why players won't settle for a few million less so that management can add talent to the team. When local boy Mauer signed his outrageously expensive mega-contract, I lost all hope for any player to try to do the right thing by his team or the fans. And Mauer has not, to my knowledge, gone to the Twins and said, "Hey's let's redo this contract and lower my salary so that you can sign some other guys." So why would Love sign for less than the most he can get? Let's say he could get a five-year deal for 70 million. Why would he sign for a measely 60 million (even though he could make up some or all of the 10 million difference via endorsements)? If he does settle for less, I will tip my cap to him, but I am not counting on it.

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percyroy12Jan. 15, 12 1:54 AM

snoozecruize, Jered Weaver of the LA Angels is about the only example I know of in todays sporting world of someone who took a hometown discount to stay with his current team and not go somewhere else and/or to sign with his current team for less than he could get. And the Angels signed Pujols and Wilson, partially becuase they saved millions from Weaver signing for less (although that Pujos contract is absurd as he is at least 31, if not older).

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jpweisserJan. 15, 12 9:38 AM

Would like to see Love signed, don't think he's a max player though. As mentioned above, would be great if he would settle for only 5 years & say $70M-75M. He'd only be 27-28 when the next contract would come up. After reading stories about his agent, don't see that happening. I think we should bench Darko & let the rest of the kids play...see what they can do for the rest of the year. Make a big push to fill the center & shooting guard spots for the next off season & make a run at a lower playoff spot. The lack of production or consistency at the center & shooting guard spots is really hurting this team. just my opinion.

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justin1978Jan. 15, 1211:24 AM

I like how people wonder if K-Love is worth the max, about 16 million a year for 5 years. It's such an easy decision to sign him to a max deal. The hard decisions are coming up too. The Wolves had about 20 million not even in uniform last night. Brad Miller and Webster make about 5 million each and the last years of their contract are non guaranteed for next year. Tolliver will be a Unrestricted FA and Beasley and Randolph will be Restricted FA's along with Love if they don't extend him. Pek and Darko will be on the last years of their deals next year. They will make about 10 million together next season and the last year of Darko's contract is non guaranteed. They also still have the amnesty, though I don't see Glen Taylor letting Kahn use it. The made a new rule in the CBA to prevent the Kahn's of the world from raising money in the draft next year. The bigger question isn't going to be if they should sign Love to a max deal, it's who they are going to put around Rubio, Love and Williams in the future. The only guys signed beyond next year are Rubio, JJ, Ridnour, Williams, Johnson and Malcolm Lee. Those are going to be the hard choices, the guys that fill out the rest of the roster. The Wolves shouldn't make an easy decision difficult with K-Love. I also love how some people think Love should maybe take less money, that's funny. The Wolves should feel lucky their is a max or else he would probably get more.

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snoozecruiseJan. 15, 12 1:57 PM

Justin, I'm thrilled beyond measure to learn that Darko's last year is not guaranteed! There is some justice in this world.

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jerryzgodaJan. 15, 12 2:58 PM

Just FYI: Adelman can leave after three seasons if he chooses to do so.

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