Last week, Kevin Love may or may not have been offered a contract extension—news that, when it was embraced by the NBPA, may or may not have held him up as proof that the current system works.As in, if a small market team with a lousy record can convince its young stud to hang around, things aren’t so bad. Oh, and trumpeting this news suggested that they believed in a deal.
Now, Love (he of 51 straight double-doubles) is back at the forefront of labour-related shadow boxing, through no fault of his own. The Timberwolves forward and double-double machine has always been known for his candor. So naturally, he would tell David Aldridge of NBA.com that, during All-Star Weekend, there was much recruiting going on (h/t Pro Basketball Talk):
“A lot of it was (about) OKC,” Love said. “A lot of it was a few other teams that just need that one more guy. And a lot of it was circulating around the Lakers, ’cause we were out there as well. There was a lot of pressure and a lot of questions were circulating, and I almost felt like, ‘Damn, I have to take a step back and, not assess the situation, but kind of look at things from a broad horizon.'”
Sorry for the curse words, and for omitting the part where Love says nice things about Minnesota. Here’s some info that now tips things in the opposite direction; this gives us every reason to think that teams should be given a franchise tag to retain stars, or prohibited from hosting Heat-like super-teams (so appealing these days, I know).
You could go nuts with this one, since it came on the site of the league itself, but Aldridge is no one’s puppet, and the NBA has done a great job of keeping its editorial content separate from its propaganda wing.
More to the point, Love himself is probably exempt from all this recruiting. The T-Wolves can match any offer that’s made to him in the summer of 2012, and most small market stars stay with their original teams for at least their first (restricted) free agency contract. Love’s deal would be fool’s gold for the NBPA, and he’s more the only guy opening his mouth about recruiting, not anyone immediately affected by it.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.