Kevin Love wanted
that 5th year... that should be one of your biggest tellers on whether or not it's already guaranteed (
) he's going to be out the door when that option comes around. Him wanting it, and then being notoriously bitter about not getting it makes one think he likes the situation he's in, likes playing in Minneapolis, and just needed to be assured that he was wanted. Which is why Kahn's out, and Flips in.
The wins will come... as long as the injuries don't. The Timberwolves would've made their second playoffs in two years had they been even RELATIVELY injury free. I mean, don't forget that they were 21-19 the moment Rubio tore his ACL, and en route to a playoff spot. Not to mention, Bill Simmons projected them as a 5th or 6th seed in a Grantland article before Rubio's injury. Yeah that's just one man's opinion, but some take him as the bible on here so
. Then Love missed the rest of the season with a concussion. Fast forward to this year...
Rubio doesn't play until December, and doesn't get his legs back under him until February. Kevin Love played 18 out of the 82 games
Kirilenko missed 25 games. Pekovic missed 20 games. Budinger missed 49 games. Brandon Roy missed 77 games, Malcolm Lee missed 66 games.. hell, even Josh Howard who management had to sign in the middle of the season due to all these injuries tore his ACL 11 games in.
Wait until after this upcoming season to gauge Kevin Love's long-term future.