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Updated: July 8th, 2012 10:42pm
Kevin Love calls on Wolves to make more moves: 'I want to win'

Kevin Love calls on Wolves to make more moves: 'I want to win'

by Tom Pelissero
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Kevin Love isn't backing off his calls for the Minnesota Timberwolves to upgrade their roster.

Speaking with Yahoo! Sports while training with the U.S. Olympic team, Love echoed some things he said at the end of last season, stressing the Wolves need to make the moves necessary to win now.

"My patience is not high," Love told the website. "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's four-year, $62 million contract extension begins this coming season. He praised the moves the Wolves have made so far -- including trading the No. 18 overall draft pick for Chase Budinger and signing former All-Star Brandon Roy to a two-year, $10.4 million deal -- but suggested more needs to be done.

"If we don't make the playoffs, I don't know it's going to be me or something, but our management needs to step up and make some moves," Love told the website.

"Chase is good for us. Brandon if he can come in relatively healthy and be back to somewhat of where he was ... we can be pretty damn good, especially in the fourth quarter with how he used to be (with the Trail Blazers) with LaMarcus (Aldridge) in the pick-and-roll. If Ricky (Rubio) can come back healthy that would be great."

Rubio will be coming off knee reconstruction surgery, leaving him in doubt to start the season. The Wolves have been making a strong push to fill one of their other holes by executing a sign-and-trade for Nic Batum, but the Portland Trail Blazers have said they won't deal him.

David Kahn, the Wolves' president of basketball operations, told Yahoo! he has kept Love in the loop about the team's plans.

"I'm sure Kevin has a sense of urgency," Kahn told the website. "I think the team demonstrated it could win last season before we were hit with a cascade of injuries. I thought we were on the right track and surely we would have competed for the eighth and final playoff spot if we remained healthy.

"Next season is shaping up to be better than last year. Under Kevin's leadership, I would expect him to compete for the playoffs."

If they don't, the response won't be good from Love.

"At this point, I'm not afraid to go on the record," Love told the website. "Being around these (Team USA) guys, they know the situation I'm in and how competitive I am. I want to win. All the players on the Timberwolves feel the same way, as well. The coaching staff is awesome. They want to win and win now.

"Hopefully, we can make some stuff happen. I would say it's coming down to it for sure (next season). It's no secret I was willing to commit to Minnesota for five years. I'm very happy with my contract. I'd love to be in Minnesota. But like anybody else, I want to win."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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