Love is entering his fifth season in the NBA this year and his first in his new 4-year, $60 million contract. He averaged 26.0 points and 13.3 rebounds per game last season in 55 games.
The Timberwolves finished with a 26-40 record last season, 12th in the Western Conference. They dealt with injuries last season too most notably Ricky Rubio’s which will keep him out until December still.
Minnesota made some moves this offseason acquiring Russians Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved as well as Brandon Roy out of retirement. It seems we will not see the full Minnesota roster until well after this season starts.
The Timberwolves are in the same division as the Oklahoma City Thunder and will play each other four times his coming season. The first meeting will be Dec. 20 in Minnesota which means there is a good chance the T-Wolves will have both Love and Rubio by then.
OKC and Minnesota made for some very memorable games last season including a double-overtime thriller in late March where the Thunder won 149-140 despite 51 points and 14 rebounds by Love.
In that game, Kevin Durant had 40 points and 17 rebounds while Russell Westbrook scored a career-high 45 points. Also, J.J. Barea had a triple-double for Minnesota with 25 points, 14 assists and 10 boards.
The Thunder and Timberwolves are forming one of the best up-and-coming rivalries in the NBA. Here’s to hoping we get to see all the big guns playing when these teams meet up four times this season.