As recently as Wednesday morning, the Boston Celtics were said to have the best offer on the table to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star Kevin Love, this according ESPN’s Chad Ford.
But just as soon as that report hit the wire, multiple reports out of Beantown suggested that the Celtics weren’t offering the top offer and had been passed up by both the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets. Now according to the Boston Globe, the Celtics offer isn’t even among the top three.
“They’re not even in the top three,” a league source said of the Celtics. “They want to win now,” said another league source. “They want to be competitive now, with or without Kevin. These draft picks aren’t going to do that. So if they’re going to move Kevin, they’re going to get two or three guys that can help them win now.”
Obviously if that’s really what the Timberwolves are desiring, their trade partners are going to be rather limited as the vast majority of teams looking to obtain Love have little else but high draft picks and young talent to give up. But for the few who actually have ready-available talent, say like the Warriors or Nuggets, it certainly seems to give them a head start on any potential deal in comparison to teams like the Celtics, Kings and Lakers who would attempt to sway the T’Wolves with youth.
Of course, there’s always the potential for a multi-team trade and if the Celtics can find a team interested in giving up veteran talent for their youth and picks, it’s not outlandish to think the Celtics could reemerge.