Reports have emerged that the Minnesota Timberwolves are prepared to offer Kevin Love a six-year, $70 million contract extension, but Love has given no indication that he’ll accept.Sporting News reports that Minnesota will wait until there’s a new CBA before making an offer, but whenever the team approaches the league’s leading rebounder, he’ll have an easy decision to make.
Love is regarded as a good guy, but the safe bet is that he’ll be one of the next superstars to pack up his bags and move on to a bigger and better team.
Minnesota is willing to give him a max contract, but the team is still miles away from playoff contention, and Love could make plenty of money from one of many other contenders that would love to have his services.
If Love really wants the most money possible, he may have to force a sign-and-trade before his current deal expires in 2013.
That’s a long way off, but Minnesota has given Love no reason to believe that things will change between now and then. If the team can’t even get its own first-round draft pick (Ricky Rubio) from last year to sign, why should Love think the team’s fortunes will change overnight?
A trade is probably the last thing on Minnesota’s mind right now, but Love may well end up in the same situation as Carmelo Anthony and Deron Williams before much longer.
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