Apr 14, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) loses the ball against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the first quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love Trade Rumors: it's only the beginning

We’re just going to keep a running tally of all the pieces that are posted regarding suitors for Kevin Love, because, well, that’s our job. Most of them are either hogwash or too obvious to be considered a rumor, but we’ll keep you up to date nonetheless.

Adrian Wojnarowski over at Yahoo! Sports is at it again, listing the Boston Celtics as another potentially strong suitor for the superstar power forward. There is no mention whatsoever concerning players that  Wolves’ boss Flip Saunders could potentially procure from Danny Ainge and Co., but they do have a stable of first round picks that was mostly gleaned from the ultra-savvy Kevin Garnett/Paul Pierce swap with the Brooklyn Nets last summer.

The Houston Rockets are another team with some steam surrounding them of late, and rightfully so. General manager Daryl Morey is someone that is always looking for the next big move, and pairing James Harden and Dwight Howard with Kevin Love would be endlessly terrifying to the rest of the Western Conference. Any return would certainly have to include Chandler Parsons and Omer Asik, but there isn’t much else on the roster or in the way of near-future draft picks that Houston could offer the Wolves in return.

There still is nothing concrete to come out of today’s news cycle, other than that Flip is indeed listening to other team’s offers instead of simply hanging up the phone. It still seems more likely than not that anything major happens prior to the draft on June 26th, but it sounds as though the coaching search could wrap up shortly after the lottery concludes on Tuesday.

The lottery will also trigger a number of legitimate trade offers, as teams will know exactly where they are picking. Of potential suitors (again, this seems silly given Love’s top-six player status; every team would like to be in on the discussion), this would be most likely to affect Boston, the Lakers, and Phoenix, albeit to a lesser extent as they currently slot in at #14, one pick behind the Wolves.

Rumors are rumors are rumors, and as noted earlier in the day, of course virtually every team would like to trade for one of the best players on the planet, and of course Love wants to play in the playoffs. And that’s really all we know.

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  • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

    Kevin Love would have to agree to sign an extension with his new team. Boston? I don’t think so. Houston? why in the world would Flip Saunders take the highly over-priced Omer Asik with Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng at center already and combined earn about $1.5 million LESS?

    The Wolves will need a replacement at PF for Love and this draft is weak on PFs. So that means Phoenix with Markieff Morris and the Bulls with Taj Gibson are the front-runners as they also have multiple picks to offer. The Warriors have David Lee and Barnes but no picks. Those three teams would also be contenders with Love.

    There still is only one basketball and Harden took 22 shots per against the Blazers with Howard crying for more. Parsons is a better all-around player than Love. I think that is a bad fit especially with McHale as coach. Terry Stotts exposed him badly.

    • 4everis2long

      You raise excellent points EBJM. I think Houston will need to trade Asik for a lottery pick which I seriously doubt will happen. He is not worth it. I love Parsons game and would not trade him if I were Houston. I think Boston is years away from being a contender so why would Love go there? Somehow I think the Suns need a top ten pick to seduce Minny to deal with Planet Orange.

      • EarlBlackJesusMonroe

        If the Suns could get the #5 pick and Julius Randle is still on the board forget about Kevin Love! IMO him and Jabari Parker are the only two players who can be safely projected as NBA stars. So if the Wolves are offered a pick that would enable them to draft either one……but I would rather the Suns use it on one of them instead of trading it for Love.

        Asik and Jeremy Lin are owed a combined $30 million next season. Poetic justice. Morey was getting cute by backloading their contracts to steal them away from Chicago and New York and now he is stuck with them for another year.