As we move closer and closer to the NBA Draft, the teams the Minnesota Timberwolves are weeding out potential Kevin Love trade partners and according to Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, the Boston Celtics are inching closer and closer to that group of teams:
There’s only one problem with all these dizzying (and highly speculative) scenarios: They are meaningless unless the first domino — Love actually coming to Boston — falls. According to team and league sources, that isn’t happening any time soon because the Timberwolves are less than enamored with what Boston can offer them.
The Boston Celtics are in a pretty position when it comes to assets for the future, but they lack a player that draws the Minnesota Timberwolves toward any package they could offer for Kevin Love. The Phoenix Suns have Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic. The Washington Wizards have Bradley Beal. The Chicago Bulls have Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Nikola Mirotic. The Cleveland Cavaliers have the number one overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft to dangle if they choose to pursue Love.
All the Boston Celtics have is the sixth pick, a pick that isn’t too impressive to the Timberwolves per Jackie MacCullan, the 17th overall pick, and several run of the mill players such as Jared Sullinger, Jeff Green, Kelly Olynyk, and possibly Avery Bradley, no player in which you plan to rebuild behind.
With the draft nearly two weeks away, the mindset of the Timberwolves could shift gears, but unless Boston can grab a marquee asset — a higher pick or mid-level talent — Love won’t be a Celtic anytime soon.