Minnesota expected to offer Love maximum contract 09 Jan 12

The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly are expected to offer Kevin Love a maximum contract extension sometime this month, but Love is not saying whether he would sign the deal to remain with Minnesota beyond this season.

One team source told ESPN Radio in Minnesota that he’d be shocked if Love is not offered the max contract by the Jan. 25 deadline.

The Timberwolves could offer Love up to $80 million based on the collective bargaining agreement. If he turns it down, Love could become a restricted free agent after this season. He could become an unrestricted free agent after the 2012-2013 season.

Asked whether he would sign a max contract offer from the Timberwolves, Love was noncommittal, telling the radio station, “It’s all in my agent’s hands. I just don’t know what I am going to do. I’m happy to be a Timberwolf at this point and happy we’re winning games.”

Asked whether he or Blake Giffin is the best power forward in the NBA, Love told the station, “I believe I’m the best ’4′ in the league. I think you have to believe that you’re the best. I think Muhammad Ali even said, ‘I was the greatest before I knew I was.’ I think everybody needs to have that mindset.”

Love is averaging 25.4 points and 15.0 rebounds through eight games this season after averaging 20.2 points and 15.2 boards last season.