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Timberwolves priority to re-sign now thinner Kevin Love

NBA All-Star Kevin Love Holds Press Conference In Times Square

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 26: NBA power forward Kevin Love attends a press conference in Times Square on July 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)

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Say what you will about David Kahn — and trust me, we will — the man knows why he still is pulling a paycheck.

And he said at his press conference Thursday that he wants to make sure Kevin Love gets an extension on his rookie deal. Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune had the tweet.

Kahn on re-signing Love: “It certainly is a priority. I expect Kevin will be a big part of this franchise for a number of years.”

Don’t screw this up Minny. Love does not qualify for the Derrick Rose rule, so he gets a rookie-max deal. Give it to him.

This is a new, thinner Kevin Love getting an extension, by the way. The Portland Tribune has this note (via SLAM).

Minnesota’s 6-9 power forward will enter training camp on Dec. 9 weighing in at 240 pounds, down about 25 from his playing weight at the end of last season. ‘Haven’t been this low since my freshman year in high school,’ quips Love, 23, the former Lake Oswego High standout.

The secret, clearly, is beach volleyball. Still not sure he fits in a pair of skinny jeans, but better conditioning is a good sign for his production this year.