While the Minnesota Timberwolves continue to stomp their feet and suggest that they’re in no rush to trade All-Star Kevin Love, many around the NBA believe it’s nothing but posturing from Flip Saunders and company and that a trade is all but inevitable.
One team who hasn’t been shy about their interest in Love are the Boston Celtics, though when news broke of the power forward’s desire to leave Minneapolis, it was said the Timberwolves didn’t exactly care for the Celtics alleged trade offer and they felt they’d be able to squeeze more out of another candidate.
Apparently, that hasn’t been as easy as they expected as according to ESPN’s Chad Ford, president of basketball operations and newly anointed head coach, Flip Saunders, seems to believe the Celtics trade offer may be the best they’ll get.
“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.”
A handful of teams have expressed interest in Love, including the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls. All of them have a collection of young talent and picks, so, it’s hard to truthfully say if the Celtics do have the best offer considering we don’t know what the other teams are willing to give up.