Peeved Kevin Love: 'You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here?'
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Since Kevin Love reluctantly signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension last offseason -- after the Minnesota Timberwolves refused to grant the five-year max deal -- there has been underlying tension between he and the organization.
That tension has been taken to a new level.
In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Love expressed doubts about David Kahn's master plan, saying, "You walk into the locker room every year, and it's completely turned over. There's new guys everywhere. And then it happens again and again. You start to wonder: Is there really a plan here? Is there really any kind of a ... plan?
Love added, "I haven't been in the playoffs yet. I'm looking at my contract in the eye of two years from now, and if I haven't been to the playoffs - or it's been one playoff berth - well, it's going to be tough to say, 'Oh well, I'm going to stay here and continue to rebuild.' "
Love also made it clear he has not forgotten the way Kahn and owner Glen Taylor handled his contract negotiation last year.
"I don't know who labels people stars, but even Glen Taylor said: I don't think Kevin Love is a star, because he hasn't led us to the playoffs. I mean, it's not like I had much support out there... That's a tough pill to swallow."
Love added, "I have a very, very good memory, and I always remember the people who have done right by me, and the people who have done wrong by me. It will be embedded in my brain, and something I won't forget about. There's no telling what will happen. I would love to compete for a championship in Minnesota, but ..."
In addition, Love expressed unhappiness over certain people in the organization questioning the legitimacy of his broken hand, the idea that Ricky Rubio could be in line for a five-year max deal instead of him, and other items.
• Love seemed envious of the way other teams have built around their superstars: "Look at different teams around the league. Look at a San Antonio that continues to add talent around [Tim] Duncan and [Manu] Ginobili and [Tony] Parker. Look at what happens in Oklahoma City, the players they continue to add around their star players. Even the trade they had where they lost [James] Harden, they still added players that were going to fit well in their system. And speaking of small markets, look at a team like Memphis and all they've been able to accomplish. They're getting the most out of their entire organization."
• Love described to Yahoo! a scenario prior to the extension where Kahn walked into the trainer's room after a loss and presented Love with an offer sheet. "I'm not the one to always follow professional protocol - but I do know what it is, even at 24 years old," Love said.
• Regarding the Wolves saving the five-year max contract for Rubio, rather than him: "It was a projection over a sure thing. There's no question there was an agenda here. A different agenda."
• Many people, in and out of the organization have questioned whether Love actually broke his hand doing knuckle push-ups: "Even people in my own organization were asking if it was a legitimate injury, people calling my honesty and integrity into question," Love said. "And that's what really hurt me."
• Love wasn't thrilled the Wolves traded away Al Jefferson for basically nothing early in his career. "We should've at least tried it, especially with the way things were going. I was beginning to figure things out in my second season. Everybody knew what Al was capable of, and is still capable of. It was definitely worth the risk of seeing what would happen. If it didn't work, then go another way. But we never tried it."