Thursday , Jan , 06 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Kevin Love on staying in Minnesota: ‘I just want to win now’

"We’ll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it’s right, it’s right. If it’s not, it’s not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Kevin Love wants to win. And now.

So Love, the double-double machine, will have no choice but to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves as a free agent to achieve his goal.

After all, the Wolves are perennial cellar-dwellers. And Love, who becomes a restricted free agent in one year, has basically given his employer 365 days to right the ship and post ‘dubyas’.

To be fair, the cupboard isn’t bare. The Wolves have the improving Michael Beasley and seem convinced Ricky Rubio will cross the Atlantic and sign an entry level contract next summer.

This doesn’t make the cupboard full, though. A promising but troubled forward, Beasley, and a Spanish point guard, Rubio, won’t be enough to convince Love to re-up long-term in The Frozen Tundra of ‘Sota.

If Love wants to play meaningful basketball in the late spring/early summer, if Love wants prime-time coverage, and if Love wants the Larry O’Brien championship trophy, he leaves.

Love needs a big three or big four, with an owner willing to invest resources in a bench and supporting pieces.

Wolves’ fans would be wise to enjoy Love while they can. He isn’t staying in Minnesota.

–Oly Sandor.

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