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Kevin Love Contract: Negotiations Still Taking Place As Zero-Hour Nears

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported early Tuesday morning that the Timberwolves were still in negotiations with star forward Kevin Love.

According to the paper, different sources with the team have different reports. One said that the team was "closing in" on a five-year, $78 million contract, while another said that the Timberwolves were standing pat on their four-year offer for $61 million.

The Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda wrote,

An agreement could come as soon as Tuesday morning or considering the unnecessary wait so far, it could stretch toward that deadline, just like the Al Jefferson contract four years wasn’t finalized until just minutes before the deadline.

If there is no deal by Wednesday night, Love can become a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

Love, who had 39 points and 12 boards in Monday’s loss to the Rockets, is averaging 24.9 points and 13.9 rebounds, which is in the top five in the NBA in both categories.

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