Source: Wolves ready to offer Love maximum salary

  • Article by: JERRY ZGODA and KENT YOUNGBLOOD , Star Tribune Staff Writers
  • Updated: January 19, 2012 - 12:55 PM

Six days before the league deadline, the Timberwolves are prepared to pay All-Star forward Kevin Love a maximum-salary contract, a league source said Wednesday.

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jplamp9Jan. 18, 1210:38 PM

Love has warts on defense & he can't take over the game in the last 5 minutes but there's so much he can do. Players averaging 25 points & 14 rebounds would attract a max contract from several teams. He's a legitimate 40 percent 3-point shooter who draws fouls, makes his free throws and is one of the better passers at his position in the league. He's the best rebounder in the NBA based on boards per 40 minutes so far this season. What's more he's utterly consistent & has the burning desire to succeed as evidenced by the improvement and discipline shown shedding 25 pounds. Sign him now!

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flashpanhuntJan. 19, 1212:32 AM

If they sign Love now, they are missing out on a chance to add talent in the off season and THEN resign Love afterwards. The NBA lets teams go over the cap to retain their talent. So the team should run right up against the cap, and THEN sign Love. Not that the press and fanbase would be willing to play along in the wink-wink nudge-nudge that playing it out that way would call for. It's not as though the team could announce these intentions, and the press seems to be enamored with the notion of Love getting paid the big bucks, closing the deal the sooner the better.

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firk3x3Jan. 19, 1212:37 AM

C'mon K Love sign it. You got something here. You and the wolves can be a breath of fresh air to the NBA from the fraud teams out east.

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shorbaJan. 19, 12 8:29 AM

jplamp9 its nitpicking but he is actually tied for 4th in rebounds per 48 minutes this year. he did lead that category last year. he definitely deserves max contract. it is more fun watching him play than when garnett was here. he doesn't curl up into a ball at the end of the game like kg did.

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bhdanielsJan. 19, 12 9:04 AM

Re--the notes on Wes Johnson: So nice to see Wes have a much-improved game. He got to the line some, got some rebounds, played hard on defense (against the hot-shooting Tayshaun Prince), attacked the basket, and had some shooting success. Glad he is listening to his coaches!

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timandtiaJan. 19, 12 9:50 AM

Kevin Love: How much money do you want? Yes, everyone wants to paid a lot, but can the Wolves afford to pay you the maximum? Since a team can only pay only one player the maximum, what are the Wolves going to do with their other players, i.e. Rubio, etc.? Love, you have to think about the whole team. I would hate to see you in the next couple of years being paid the maximum on another losing team (because the Wolves would not have enough money to pay other players). I think I would get frustrated.

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lakneeJan. 19, 1212:36 PM

ARRey sez: Love wants Los Angeles. Los Angeles wants Love. Bye-bye!

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hobie2Jan. 19, 12 1:00 PM

As much as he deserves it, and I think they will sign him and he will like playing here, I still feel a Minnesota tic coming on.. super-star catcher...sign him so no one else will...

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evldedJan. 19, 12 1:01 PM

The NBA should just move all it's teams to the 'burbs around L.A. and Miami and be done with it.

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justin1978Jan. 19, 12 1:04 PM

Are people really worried about Ricky Rubio not being able to get a max deal if K-Love gets one now? Russell Westbrook just got a 5 year, 78 million dollar deal from the Thunder and they have Kevin Durant on their team. K-Love deserves any money he gets. Sign Love to a max deal and worry about the young players on rookie deals later. No player has ever turned down a max deal and took the qualifying offer so the Wolves shouldn't worry too much about Rubio or K-Love's future? First round picks on rookie deals all have the same stuctured contracts and become restricted free agents after their 4th year if their options for their 3rd and 4th years are picked up. Even if they take a 4 year deal from another team after their 4th year, the Wolves will be able to match any offer they receive if they do so within 3 days. Young players don't turn down guaranteed max contracts to play for a one year qualifying offer. That's what Rubio or Love would have to do, turn down millions of guaranteed money to play with someone else. I could see it if a player already had made millions, but not a person who just got done with his rookie deal.

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