Who to believe?
Tuesday was a day for Boston Celtics fans to rejoice and have faith of landing the highly-coveted Kevin Love. But on Wednesday, the tables may have turned, slightly.
The Celtics, according to multiple reports, have been publicized as the team with the best offer the Minnesota Timberwolves will receive.
If TWolves trade Love, Celts are heavy favs to get him now. GS won't discuss Klay T. + Bulls are focused on Melo. Boston trumps anyone else.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 18, 2014
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has done his homework to provide the greatest, substantial package he can make, but is it enough? Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that a league source has indicated Boston has took the back seat in trade discussions and the spotlight is now on the Denver Nuggets and Golden State Warriors.
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.
After talking to league sources, my new top-three potential destinations for Kevin Love: 1. GSW. 2. Chicago. 3. Denver.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 18, 2014
The Golden State Warriors were the front-runner if they were to deal Klay Thompson, but the Warriors have been hesitant to add him to any deal. And with the talk of Steve Kerr intrigued about having a strong backcourt in Stephen Curry and Thompson, the make-or-decision is evolved around Love or Thompson.
Denver is the dark horse that has been on the back burner in discussions, but may have an interesting package around Kenneth Farried, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and their No. 11 pick in the 2014 NBA draft. But, like other teams not contending, Love would have to extend and the likelihood of that is slim.
The Chicago Bulls is another team to watch. The growing speculation is that they could offer Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer's contract and their No. 16 and 19 selections in next Thursday's draft.
Nothing is solid in stone, so don't buy in just yet. The Celtics have the right package to offer to Minnesota, but it won't happen until the draft if Minnesota's head coach, part owner and president of basketball operation Flip Saunders does decide to pull the trigger.
For Boston to increase the Timberwolves' liking, Ainge may want to find a third team willing to deal, as Bulpett reiterates.