Kevin Love Urges Wolves To Upgrade Roster

July 8 2012 at 9:09pm CST By Chuck Myron

Kevin Love tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports that if the Timberwolves don't starting winning more often this season, he isn't sure how long he'll want to remain in Minnesota.

"My patience is not high," said Love, in Las Vegas this week to practice with the U.S. Olympic team. "Would yours be, especially when I'm a big proponent of greatness surrounding itself with greatness? All these [Team USA] guys seem to have great players around them. It's 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. If I don’t make the playoffs next year I don’t know what will happen."

Love was hoping to get a maximum five-year contract extension from the team earlier this year, but settled for a four-year, $62MM extension that kicks in this coming season. As part of that deal, Love has an early termination option he can invoke for the 2015/16 season.

The Wolves went 26-40 last season, an improvement after finishing with the league's worst record in 2010/11, and were in contention for a playoff spot before Ricky Rubio suffered a season-ending knee injury March 9th. Love said he was disappointed the Wolves didn't find a replacement for Rubio to help the team make the postseason. 

The Wolves have nonetheless been active this summer, reaching an agreement to sign Brandon Roy and trading for Chase Budinger, while coming to terms on an offer sheet for Nicolas Batum, among other moves. Love acknowledged the efforts, but called upon the team to be even more aggressive, as Spears writes. Wolves GM David Kahn told Spears he believes the team is "on the right track," cautioning that, "The one thing we can't control is injuries. I'm hopeful for a healthy year."

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