Regular readers of these pages are well aware of the criticism that I have heaped on the Minnesota Timberwolves over the past few seasons. The team has also received praise from this corner over the last few months as they finally seem to be ready to bring back some winning basketball to the state of Minnesota. The first step they took was a big one as they hired a quality veteran head coach with a proven track record in Rick Adelman. The “Pioneer Press” has reported that the club showed further evidence that they are seriously trying to extricate themselves from the cellar of the Association as they locked up All-Star forward Kevin Love to a four-year contract extension on Wednesday.
Minnesota Team President David Kahn released a statement announcing the extension. Kahn wrote “Kevin’s decision to commit to the Timberwolves for several more years is, I hope, validation that our team is headed in the right direction. Kevin is the cornerstone of this team and somebody who I believe all Minnesotans can admire for his hard work and effort.”
The 23-year-old star received a four-year extension worth $62 million according to the reports. He will be able to opt out of the contact after the third year if he chooses to do so. The forward told reporters that he was disappointed that he was not able to sign a five-year extension with the team. Love said “The five years was something I felt very strongly about, but I can always extend on this deal when it’s done. I want to see where the organization is heading, and right now it’s heading in the right direction. I just want to see how things improve.”
Love told members of the media that a significant factor in his wanting to stay with the T-Wolves is their new bench boss. The All-Star said “He’s been a big impact. I have a previous relationship with him. I’ve known what he’s wanted from me since Day 1. He’s a guy I can grow from. When it came down to it, from a coaching standpoint, you can’t get much better than Rick.”
Love has already racked up 16 double-doubles in the campaign and has averaged 24.9 points and 13.9 boards per game.