The overall deal is for four years worth an estimated $60-62million. The Wolves decided to play hardball and not extend the maximum offer of 5-years for $80million, Love retained some of that power by accepting the four year deal, but making that fourth year an option.
It's no coincidence that, that after those three guaranteed years of Love, rookies Ricky Rubio & Derrick Williams' contracts expire AND head coach Rick Adelman's contract expires. Ultimately, if Love doesn't like the direction of the team--you can expect he'll be on the first plane to L.A.
All in all, the Wolves need to continue to build on what they've begun this season under Adelman and with new additions Ricky & D-Will and a budding friendship of Rubio & Love--two players that are or will be stars in this League.
The Wolves did have the option of offering 2008 draftees Michael Beasley (#2 pick) & Anthony Randolph (#14 pick) contract extensions, but have decided against that. Michael Beasley's future with Minnesota hinges greatly on the emergence of Derrick Williams and his ability to defend and play the small forward--if he shows he's capable of doing that this season--Beasley won't remain in Minnesota. For Randolph, I don't see him being a part of this team long-term. He's buried on the bench this season--just as he has been in New York & Golden State, I was extremely happy when the Wolves acquired him last season--but he doesn't seem to fit within Adelman's system.
That's all for now, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!