Kevin Love: "My patience is not high" with T-Wolves
|Kevin Love averaged 26 points and 13.4 rebounds for the Timberwolves last season.|
"It's tough seeing all these guys that are young and older who have all played in the playoffs," Love told Yahoo Sports. "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, who recently signed a four-year contract extension with the Wolves worth $62 million, was selected to one of 12 roster spots on Team USA, which will compete in the 2012 London Olympics beginning July 27.
Playing with the likes of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Chris Paul, playoff experience should be a given at this point. However, Love is the only player on the roster who has yet to make an appearance in the NBA's postseason.
"My patience is not high," Love said. "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."
Love, who averaged 26 points and 13.4 rebounds last season, wanted a five-year extension with the Wolves prior to settling for four years. One more losing season like last year (26-40) might have the Timberwolves biggest star since Kevin Garnett looking to make a move similar to when K.G. skipped town for Boston.
His new contract allows that to happen, too. Love can opt out after the first three years of his deal if he's not happy with the direction the team is headed.
The Timberwolves haven't made the playoffs since 2004 and hopes of a postseason birth were as high as ever last season, until rookie point guard Ricky Rubio went down with a season-ending knee injury in March.
|Kevin Love is the only player on Team USA's roster without a NBA postseason appearance|
"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."
Minnesota has made some moves this offseason to try and make that a reality; reaching a two-year deal with former Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, who is trying to return to the NBA with two bad knees.
The Timberwolves acquired Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets and also came to an agreement with free-agent forward Nicolas Batum on a four-year, $45 million offer, which the Trail Blazers can still match.
"Chase is good for us," Love said. "Brandon if he can come in relatively healthy and be back to somewhat of where he was...we can be pretty damn good.
"But I think our front office and ownership needs to step up and get us some pieces. We need to make some moves. We can't just stand still. We have to make this happen."
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