Kevin Love going in for the playoffs with Minnesota Timberwolves this season
“At this point, I’m not afraid to go on the record,” declared Kevin Love. "My patience is not high…Its tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs. When they start talking about that, I have nothing to talk about.”
Thus Kevin Love claimed on that unless the Minnesota Timberwolves make improvements and start emerging as strong playoffs contenders, his long-term future with the franchise may be in jeopardy.
“If I don't make the playoffs next year, I don't know what will happen, said Kevin Love.”
However, Kevin Love is not at liberty to make such ultimatums especially after he re-signed to a four-year $62 million contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves in January. Kevin Love’s contract carries an opt-out clause into the third year. However if Kevin Love would have settled on a conditional one-year extension, the Minnesota Timberwolves would have readily attended to Kevin Love’s playoffs whims owing to the threat of losing him in free agency on the expiration of his contract.
The Minnesota Timberwolves experienced a dry spell of eight seasons since their last playoffs appearance in 2004. The Minnesota Timberwolves had established a somewhat strong footing in the division last season until they were plagued with injures. A crucial part of the Minnesota Timber wolves’ last season was spent addressing the aftermath of point guard Ricky Rubio’s season ending knee injury (as well as Kevin Love’s concussion), due to which the franchise went 26-40.
It has been Kevin Love’s complaint that the Minnesota Timberwolves failed to find an adequate replacement for Ricky Rubio, and he has repeatedly argued that contrary to the his situation, the rest of the first Team USA Olympic’s players “seem to have great players around them” within their respective franchises.
‘Like anybody else, I want to win, said Kevin Love. “All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way, as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now. Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen… [But] We need to make some moves. We can't just stand still. We have to make this happen.”
Fortunately, this is one area where the Minnesota Timberwolves front office can agree with Kevin Love. Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Khan has already discussed the team’s future plans with Kevin Love.
“I think the team demonstrated it could win last season before we were hit with a cascade of injuries,” said David Khan. “I thought we were on the right track and surely we would have competed for the eighth and final playoff spot if we remained healthy… I'm hopeful for a healthy year.”
The Minnesota are anticipating to bolster their roster for next season by a verbal contract with guard Brandon Roy, an $45 million offer sheet for restricted free agent Nic Batum and a traded pick for forward Chase Budinger. The franchise is looking to free cap space by releasing forwards Anthony Randolph and Michael Beasley.