If you were worried about Kevin Love's future with the Wolves, you can rest easy.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, one-time All-Star Love can look forward to a contract extension offer of six years in the $70 million range once a new NBA labor deal is reached. The NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires June 30.
As we know, Love, 22, can become a restricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season.
Thankfully, team brass isn't going to hold Love - or us fans - in suspense. He's a favorite, and obviously the team believes he's part of the solution, not just another expendable trade piece.
Love, who is being paid $4.61 million this season and is signed for $6.1 million next season, leads the NBA in rebounding (15.5 average) and double-doubles (56, five more than LAC's Blake Griffin), and ranks 18th in scoring with a 20.9-point average.
Love has stated his willingness - and preference - to stay in Minnesota, but has put the onus on the front office to get something done. Looks like the youngster is about to get his wish.
We should note that this says POST CBA. It is hard to know what the CBA will look like so it is hard to take the contract numbers too seriously. I'd guess this was leaked to get it out there that the Wolves are committed to building around Love and are making him the priority.
It's not a huge max deal, and that's good. We should all be happy about this. Some team WILL pay him this amount anyways, so probably just best that we do it. Love is certainly better than Al Jefferson, and at $11.5 million per year is a much better contract that what Al got from us. Especially with the new CBA coming up...
Given that fade of Beasley, Love is their rock. I couldn't imagine them not wanting him locked up for as long as possible.