Adrian Wojnarowski, the well-connected NBA writer at Yahoo! Sports, posted early Tuesday morning that the New York Knicks' efforts to retain star forward Carmelo Anthony when his contract expires includes going after Kevin love when his Timberwolves contract is up.
Wojnarowski writes: "LeBron James comes free too soon (2014), Kevin Durant too late (2016), and the best, biggest star available to New York has been validating management's wanderlust with an MVP-esque start to the Minnesota Timberwolves' season."
In other words, Love's averages of 26.4 points and 15 rebounds through the Wolves first eight games are attracting more than a little bit of attention.
Wojnarowski writes: "Almost assuredly, Love will exercise his early termination option in two years and take a strong look at where the free-agent landscape stands with the T'wolves. He could re-sign a longer, richer deal with Minnesota, or chase big-market platforms in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and perhaps elsewhere."
So what happens this season and next in Minnesota will definitely have an impact on Love's future plans. That means pressure on the Wolves to win and keep building, so that the Timberwolves are perceived as a destination franchise as opposed to a place to leave when the time is right and good money is on the table elsewhere.
Nothing is certain, save for the fact that you'll see Love's name in a lot of these reports as time goes on.
By the way, Wojnarowski doesn't exactly frame the Knicks' pursuit in a flattering way. He begins: Through the decay and debris of a crumbling infrastructure, chasing the championship parade that never marches, the New York Knicks' recruitment to retain Carmelo Anthony comes with the promise to pursue Kevin Love into the franchise's 2015 salary-cap space."
You can read Wojnarowski's full story here.
Kevin Williams had 2.5 sacks last night in the Vikings' 34-27 victory over Washington, and most of his success came when he lined up over center.
Fred Evans was sidelined for the game, so Williams moved over from his three-technique spot.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus breaks down why Williams playing nose tackle -- which he prefers not to do, by the way -- makes sense.
Here's a quick rundown of Richard Pitino's press q-and-a at this morning's Big Ten media day. And if you're not doing so, you ought to follow our college basketball writer, @AmeliaRayno, on Twitter.
Pitino on advice from his dad as he takes his new job: "Yeah, I haven't spoken to him since I got the job ..." Deadpan. #Gophers— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) October 31, 2013
Pitino on #B1G: I think one of the misconceptions is that everyone thinks it's a grind-it-out league...all these teams want to get out & run— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) October 31, 2013
Pitino on identity: We don't really want to slow up, run a lot of sets. #Gophers— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) October 31, 2013
Richard Pitino has a pretty good sense of humor, but he's got some big competition in Tim Miles. #OtherB1GBattles— Amelia Rayno (@AmeliaRayno) October 31, 2013
Other tweets on Pitino
Pitino credits Tom Crean for helping him out as he's transitioned to the Big Ten— IUSPORTCOM (@IUSportCom) October 31, 2013
Pitino on coaches he knows best in #B1G: Izzo, Crean, Groce, Chambers. Said he really knows all the guys "They've been great"— Daily in the Barn (@DailyintheBarn) October 31, 2013
Richard Pitino is a chip off the conditioning block. Has been big on getting Minnesota players in better shape and dropping weight.— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 31, 2013
Pitino said Minnesota will try and create as much offense as possible through defense. FIU one of top teams in country last year in steals.— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) October 31, 2013
Richard Pitino uses Indiana as example of the misnomer that Big Ten is a slow, dull, physical league. "They want to get out and run." #iubb— ZachOsterman (@ZachOsterman) October 31, 2013
Minnesota's Richard Pitino here. Depressing to cover this event and see guys who probably don't even remember "Brady Bunch" at the podium.— Joe Rexrode (@joerexrode) October 31, 2013
Northwestern's Chris Collins is up now -- looks almost as much like his dad as Richard Pitino does— Don Doxsie (@Dox5) October 31, 2013
Twitter was so excited about the prospect of a Jared Allen trade that we almost couldn't stand it. In case you had something better to do -- and we hope you did and left the following to Upload -- here's a sampling of what went up, down and around in cyberspace.
Vikings are certainly open to fielding offers today for Jared Allen. Have had a few talks w teams but nothing substantial yet— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Seattle making 11th-hour push to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen, per multiple sources. Vikings also talking to second team.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks want to trade for Jared Allen http://t.co/N99bYsIgAf— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
As noted in the past Jared Allen's $ and cap # make trade difficult but he'd be willing to work with MIN if the fit is right ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen have heart like Iron Sheik. He ready for main event bubba we see happens— The Iron Sheik (@the_ironsheik) October 29, 2013
Seahawks reportedly looking to trade for Vikings Pro-Bowl DE Jared Allen http://t.co/Ryz0IZXLwL— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 29, 2013
Contrary to what is out there Seattle is NOT one of the teams in it for Jared Allen. Two others but Seattle is not talking to Vikes for him— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
Vikings have signed DE Justin Trattou. Are they filling Jared Allen's spot on the depth chart before trading him?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) October 29, 2013
Seahawks not expected to trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen now. One source said the Seahawks have decided to not actively pursue him.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Seahawks have now decided NOT to actively pursue a trade for Vikings DE Jared Allen. (via @AdamSchefter)— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 29, 2013
Being told Los Angeles Dodgers most likely team to pull trigger on Jared Allen trade. Willing to absorb $7.5 million salary.— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) October 29, 2013
Broncos not in on Vikings DE Jared Allen. Options diminishing.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 29, 2013
Vikings running out of potential teams to "come take Jared Allen, please..."— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) October 29, 2013
Jared Allen trade talks are now dead. Last of teams they were talking to are out.— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) October 29, 2013
As expected, #Vikings didn’t trade Jared Allen. Salary, lack of interest, few suitors with cap space — all played a part.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 29, 2013
Strong rumours of a Jared Allen trade today from the Minnesota vikings - at least I didn't fork out £70 for a Jared Allen Jersey 3 weeks ago— Andrew McNeill (@macca7760) October 29, 2013
When Josh Freeman contended that he was a "hair off" on many of his passes during Monday night's Vikings-Giants disaster, it set off a Twitter hashtag in his honor.
Here's some of the best of #hairoff:
Josh Freeman's QB grade is worst ever by Pro Football Focus...#hairoff— Ryan Shaver (@RShaverSports) October 22, 2013
If Josh Freeman's passes were a #HairOff then I'm a Hair Off from being a billionaire— Raheem The Dream (@Jhardin_3) October 22, 2013
Josh Freeman says he was just a #hairoff. Wow that must be some head of hair. What's Fran Tarkenton thinking now?— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) October 22, 2013
Went out to start the car this morning to find one of Josh Freeman's passes had hit my windshield. #hairoff— Parker Hageman (@OverTheBaggy) October 22, 2013
Ryan leaf was just a #hairoff from being a better QB than Peyton Manning.— Viktor (@Insomnivic) October 22, 2013
John Carter was just a #hairoff from beating Argo for Best Picture last year.— Michelle (@Michelle_NFL) October 22, 2013
Mondale was a #hairoff from taking the 1984 election.— Seth Kaplan (@Seth_Kaplan) October 22, 2013
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