Originally posted on Timberwolves Central  |  Last updated 1/25/12
League sources confirmed various reports out of Minnesota that the Timberwolves and Love's agent, Jeff Schwartz, are at an impasse on a fifth season for Love, who entered play Tuesday fifth in the league in scoring (24.9 per game) and second in rebounding (13.9), and who made his first All-Star Game appearance last season. The Wolves are offering Love a four-year deal worth $63 million; Love wants a five-year deal worth $80 million, the maximum Minnesota could give him under the terms of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement and the same deal that the Thunder gave Westbrook last week. Sources maintain that the Wolves are offering Love just four years because they want to keep their "designated player" space for guard Ricky Rubio, who is considered a first-year player by the NBA even though he was drafted in 2009 (Rubio played overseas the last two years). Each team is allowed one designated player contract during the life of the new CBA, which can run for five seasons. No other p...
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