It now seems inevitable that the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to trade star power forward Kevin Love and a deal could go do in the next week.
It appears as though the Golden State Warriors have jumped into the lead to land Love after reportedly making guard Klay Thompson available, setting up a trade that would likely involve power forward David Lee, draft picks and possibly forward Harrison Barnes or forward Draymond Green with guard Kevin Martin going back to the Warriors.
However, according to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe, “nothing is imminent.”
With a trade package that is expected to include guard Klay Thompson and forward David Lee, the Golden State Warriors are considered the front-runners to land Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love in a deal, NBA sources told the Globe on Thursday.
A source close to the situation pointed out that “nothing is imminent” with regard to a potential deal, adding that pieces involved are still being discussed. Trade talks between the Timberwolves and several teams pursuing Love, including the Celtics, are expected to intensify leading up to the June 26 draft.
“Like anything else, they’re going to say, ‘We’ll wait until the last minute to see if anyone can up the ante,’ ” a league source said.
The Boston Celtics are obviously very interested in Love. The Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are also expected to pursue Love to some degree.
Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe.