The trade rumors in the NBA have been even higher now than they were back in February before the trade deadline. The latest rumor is now in the direction of Kevin Love leaving Minnesota. It has been an ongoing saga for years about Kevin Love’s frustration with the Timberwolves since they refused to offer him a 5th year on his max deal that he signed back in January 2012. The Timberwolves have been playing disappointing seasons, made bad decisions with their past draft picks and are overall failing to prove to the league that they are a force to be reckoned with.
In a past interview with Adrian Wojnarowki of Yahoo! Sports, Kevin Love hasn’t been shy about explaining his situation in Minnesota and what the future for that franchise will hold for both of them.
“I don’t know who labels people stars, but even (T’Wolves owner) Glen Taylor said: I don’t think Kevin Love is a star because he hasn’t led us to the playoffs,” said Kevin Love. “I mean, it’s not like I had much support out there.”
The Minnesota Timberwolves have been in shambles since Kevin Garnett was traded to the Celtics back in 2007 and the poor management of the front office explains why that team is a complete mess. The Wolves have now missed the playoffs for six straight seasons including this one and they are currently looking to replace head coach Rick Adelman who just recently retired. Kevin Love will be a free agent after the 2014-15 season, giving Minnesota more incentive to trade him before they let him walk and end up with nothing at all.
This has a lot to do with the Celtics as many reports are indicating that Ainge may make a strong push for the All-Star in the near future. According to a report from Boston.com, the Celtics are planning on offering the Timberwolves their lottery pick in exchange for Love. The NBA draft lottery is on Tuesday night and it is possible that a deal could get done depending if the ping-pong balls land the Celtics in a top-3 position.
Kevin Love has preferred teams that he would like to play for. He wants to play for a team in a large-market city, has winning traditions and wants to play for them in the long haul. The Celtics is a top choice destination for Love and wouldn’t mind playing here to make the Timberwolves an afterthought.
“Boston is a great city and I think the Celtics have a great coach in Brad Stevens. He’s a guy that can win basketball games. He gets guys to play for him. They’ve had good success there, even in his first year, and he has a ton of young players that are up-and-comers. Boston is a great place.”
This is certainly music to my ears to hear that Kevin Love views Boston as an intriguing destination as the Celtics are in bad need of scoring heading into next season. There is currently a logjam at power forward on the roster, but Kevin Love is the type of player that you just cannot pass up regardless of the roster situation. The Celtics already have Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk each dividing minutes at power forward and center, but Kevin Love will provide immediate scoring and rebounding to take some of the pressure off of the other forwards.
Depending on which way the ping-pong ball bounces, seeing Kevin Love in a Celtics uniform might be a possibility and make a huge impact on getting back to the playoffs.