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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