Wolves owner: 'Wait one more year' to admit Love's contract was mistake


Back in January of 2012, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love campaigned for a five-year, max contract. Love didn't get the deal he wanted, instead signing a four-year contract worth about $60 million with an opt-out clause. 

Love's ability to opt out of this contract is the source of discussion today, because the Wolves had the ability to lock up the All-Star forward for a longer period. And Love, who will have several suitors upon reaching free agency, is almost certain to opt out and hit the market in the summer of 2015.

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The Wolves aren't prepared to call this approach a mistake yet, as ProBasketballTalk noted. Wolves owner Glen Taylor was asked if the team should have signed Love to a five-year deal, and whether it was a mistake that it didn't do so when presented the chance.

Taylor wasn't willing to concede.

“Let’s wait one more year to answer that question,” Taylor said. “I think it’s a good question to ask at this point because Kevin has played as well as we hoped, and maybe even better. To have him tied up long probably would be better than not, but we still have one more year and we’ll see. My hope is it doesn’t make any difference, that Kevin can get the money one way or another and we’re in p

osition to do that.”

So, basically, wait until the summer of 2015 to see if Love leaves town. 

Several points work against Taylor's logic. Here are two: Love has played well enough to gain interest from any team with the salary cap space to sign him, and the Wolves haven't made the playoffs in his tenure. That combination could work against the Wolves, but we won't know until Love reaches the market.