Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 1/18/12

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is in in line for a big extension and obviously the team wants to get something done with its franchise cornerstone. According to reports, Minnesota is preparing to offer Love a four-year deal worth $60 million and that will probably happen within the next few days.

The problem with such an offer is that Love’s payday could be much higher if he representatives push the T-wolves. The 23-year-old UCLA product could actually get somewhere in the $80 million range if he gets a max deal and his reps can get him a five-year deal.

Even if the two sides aren’t fully in agreement over the terms yet, virtually everyone around the league expects the two sides to come to some sort of agreement. The Timberwolves have built up a solid young roster around Love – especially considering how rookie point guard Ricky Rubio has played so far – and he has long had a great relationship with head coach Rick Adelman.

Still Minnesota needs to be careful not to insult Love with a low offer simply because the franchise thinks he’ll be staying around no matter what. The T-wolves have maybe the top power forward in the game on their roster, so they should probably do whatever it takes to keep him happy.

Through 13 games this season, Love is averaging 25.6 points per game and is second in the NBA with 14.3 rebounds per game. He also leads the league with 13 double-doubles, after he finished second in the NBA with 64 of them last year. Oh, and those 64 double-doubles came in just 73 games. So yeah, he’s pretty good at basketball.

Moral of the story? Minnesota needs to do whatever it takes to get an extension done with Love.

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