Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
All-Star power forward Kevin Love has not been offered a contract extension by the Minnesota Timberwolves, and if one isnâ€™t submitted by Jan. 15, ten days before the deadline for fourth-year players to sign new deals with their current clubs, then heâ€™ll refuse to re-sign with the team this summer,Â The New York Postâ€™s Peter Vecsey reports.
The Timberwolves are willing to offer Love a four-year deal in the neighborhood of $60 million, according to Vecsey. Theyâ€™re hesitant to offer a fifth year because, under the new collective-bargaining agreement, theyâ€™d lose flexibility after the fourth year with rookies Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams, or a top free agent, by doing so.
The Timberwolves could have the makings of a competitive team. Sure, they had an NBA-worst record of 17-65 last season, but with Rubio and Williams added to a cast that includes Love, Michael Beasley, Darko Milicic, Anthony Tolliver, Anthony Randolph, Wesley Johnson and Luke Ridnourâ€”plus new coach Rick Adelmanâ€”thereâ€™s some hope in Minnesota. Timberwolves brass, Vecsey surmises, are hoping that Love will be willing to sacrifice some moneyâ€”like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade did for the Heat to sign Chris Boshâ€”to keep the team together well into the future.
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