BOSTON (CBS) — Kevin Love reportedly won’t resign with Minnesota after this season, making it very likely the Timberwolves trade the all-star power forward this summer.
The Boston Celtics, in need of an all-star or two to play next to Rajon Rondo, are one of the favorites to land Love, given their plethora of draft picks, young talent and movable money.
The rumors should just get louder as the June 26th NBA Draft approaches, so follow any and all Kevin Love news with our “Kevin Love Watch.”
Here is the latest:
June 23 from Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher: Love To Warriors “Dead”
This is good news for Celtics fans, with a team vying for Love’s services now out of the running (at least for now).
But reports are everywhere that Love WILL NOT be moved on or before draft night, which isn’t very good news for Celtics fans. Kevin Garnett didn’t become a member of the Celtics until the end of July, so anything is possible, but given the fact their two first round picks in this year’s draft are the most enticing part of their offer, the Celtics will most likely have to pull off a trade before Thursday night if they want Love.
June 19 from USA Today’s Sam Amick: Warriors Make Klay Thompson Available In Love Trade
If yesterday’s news didn’t knock you down, this might do the trick:
The Warriors do not have a pick in this year’s draft to offer Minnesota, but including the sharp-shooting Thompson along with power forward David Lee and future picks might be enough to get Love from the Wolves.
And if you don’t care for trade rumors at this time of the year, neither does Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge:
“Ignore all of it,” Ainge said following Boston’s pre-draft workouts on Thursday. “It’s all planted on purpose. Anyone who’s willing to talk, even off the record, at this time of year has an agenda and is trying to accomplish something. So we ignore absolutely all of it.”
And by ignoring it, he means keep paying attention by coming back to this page on the hour, every hour.
June 18 from Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett: Boston’s Offer Not Drawing Love From Minnesota
Celtics fans went to bed Tuesday night thinking the Celtics had the best offer for Kevin Love, but woke up to a big splash of cold water thanks to the Herald’s Steve Bulpett.
According to Bulpett’s sources, the Celtics’ offer isn’t as glamorous to Flip Saunders and the T-Wolves as Chad Ford made it sound:
Sources close to the situation have told the Herald that Boston’s offer of draft picks and players isn’t nearly the best the Timberwolves have received — or expect to receive — for their All-Star forward.
The Celtics are willing to discuss a number of options, but none of them includes the quality of player with NBA experience that Minnesota is seeking or believes it can get elsewhere.
One source indicated Denver and Golden State have both made more intriguing offers, and there are other teams very much in the picture, as well. There have been conflicting reports on whether the Warriors would make Klay Thompson available, but the Wolves are said to be confident they can find a more than acceptable deal there.
Bulpett also hinted that a third team may be needed for Boston to snag Love from ‘Sota, something Danny Ainge is more than capable of pulling off.
With the draft just eight days away, expect the Love roller coaster to pick up more steam and take numerous loops and dips along the way.
June 17 from ESPN’s Chad Ford: Wolves Leaning Towards C’s Package For Love?
It was reported last week that the Celtics’ package of draft picks and young prospects wasn’t all that appealing to Flip Saunders and the Timberwolves. But ESPN’s Chad Ford is singing a different tune in his latest mock draft (insider’s content):
But I continue to get strong signals that the Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he’s going to get. Given the strength of the draft, picks 6, 13 and 17 could land them three young starters to help them rebuild their roster quickly.
Plenty can still happen over the next nine days as we make our way to the June 26 draft, and other teams may start to up their offer if reports leak out that the Wolves are leading one way or another.
If anything, this latest report gives Celtics fans a little bit of relief and a little more faith that Love could land in Boston.
June 11 from Marc Spears On Toucher & Rich: If Love Goes To Boston, The Rest Would Come Too
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports says if the Celtics land Kevin Love this offseason, more talent will follow.
Spears joined Toucher & Rich on Wednesday morning, and upon hearing that Danny Ainge has already said he would trade for Love without the All Star signing an extension, Spears said Love would be a great fit with the Celtics.
“I think he would love Boston. The fans there, I put them up against anybody as the smartest in the league. If Kevin Love goes there they’d treat him like God,” said Spears.
If the Celtics can land Love, he said it wouldn’t take much convincing to get other marquee players to Boston.
“They can convince Love to come to Boston and re-sign, and if he’s there, the rest would come too,” he said.
Listen to the full interview below (Love talk begins mid-way through interview):