These days, if you're a Timberwolves fan like myself, you can't go more than 10 seconds in a conversation with a casual NBA fan without someone mentioning specifically how Kevin Love will undoubtedly be leaving the club next season.
"Kevin Love and Kyrie to the Big Apple?! That'll make Carmelo want to stay!"
"So did you hear Kevin Love is '100%' committed to signing with the Lakers in 2015, according to one NBA GM?"
Quite frankly, I'm a little sick of people talking about a conversation that has to be made between Wolves management and the superstar a year in advance. Yes, there should be ground laid for a hopeful new deal and the two sides should talk. That doesn't mean the media has to put two teams' (the Pups and their supposed trade partner) outlook in a frenzy every time Love's name is mentioned. Alas, that's what the Timberwolves get for not offering the fifth-year max two years ago when they re-signed perhaps the greatest power forward in the land, who took it as an insult.
So this spring, let's let his basketball do the talking. He's having another tremendous season up in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. He's averaging 25.6 points, grabbing 13.2 boards, and dishing out dimes at a career-high 4.0 clip per contest. He's trying much harder defensively. His outlet passes have never been better. Most importantly, the Timberwolves haven't been this good since their last superstar took his talents elsewhere.
However, as we all know, there's always going to be people who want to talk nothing but 2015 when it comes to Kevin. If there's one thing in order to ensure he signs his next contract with Minnesota, it ultimately has to be the team's success. Say Minnesota (in 11th place in the West, currently sitting 4.5 games out of eighth place) sneaks in the playoffs and manages to make it to the second round. There's no way Love opts out/gets dealt before 2016, right?
Forget what will happen in the next year or two with the big man and focus on this season.
Still, I blame David Kahn. If he would've just tacked on the fifth year, we probably wouldn't be having this conversation at all.