"The five years was something I felt very strongly about, but I can always extend on this deal when it's done," Love said from Dallas during a teleconference. "I want to see where the organization is heading, and right now it's heading in the right direction. I just want to see how things improve."
Let's just be honest about all this - Kevin Love (and his agent) got exactly what they wanted. Ya sure, every player would like the security of a five year deal, but then again Love got a HUGE leverage card by being able to opt out after three years.
As for the Wolves, they didn't mess this up. Not really. What would you have them do - sign him to a five year deal? What if Ricky blows up to be our best player in two years? What if DWill steps up for an injured Love and proves to be a terrific starter? And what if, like I just alluded to, Love blows out a knee because he's playing the most MPG of anyone in the league 3 or 4 times a week?
I think this deal is perfectly fine. Adelman knows he has three years of Love and Rubio to work with after this season (when Adelman's deal will be up anyways). Ricky will need to be resigned, and Love can either stay or go. Either RJ and Rick help this team take the next step or they don't and everything gets blown up. That's the reality of this league, my friends. We should be happy that we didn't have to sign Mike James to a five year deal to do it.