Kevin Love Urges Wolves To Upgrade Roster

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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9 thoughts on “Kevin Love Urges Wolves To Upgrade Roster

  1. If Roy’s injuries have healed as much as reports have been saying, he could really give the Twolves a very good shot at making the playoffs

  2. jwsox

    well kevin if your patience is so low then you should not have signed that extension in a small market team that has to hit gold on players like you in the draft to make runs in the play offs

  3. Rick H Yuhnke

    The Wolves have young talent and if Roy can get back to where he was, they could be in the hunt. Rubio is awesome, but his injury killed their hopes last year. I do think they will make a run at the playoffs, fall slightly short and then we will all be hearing the “Love” from Minnesota!

  4. Jereausmith

    well I can’t see his stock getting much higher. trade home now for someone who enjoys being in minnesota. for him to come out and say something like this in the most active off-season in timberwolves history is not a good look. someone is on the olympic team recruiting him to join them.

  5. Michael Jenkins

    All these “stars” are really annoying. What, Rubio, Roy, Pekovic, Williams, etc isn’t enough for you? Maybe you just arent as good as you think you are then.

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