Another day, another trickle of Kevin Love trade rumors.
ESPN’s Chad Ford mentioned within his NBA Mock Draft 8.0 on Tuesday that he continues “to get strong signals” the the Celtics are attempting to trade the #6 and #17 picks in addition to future picks and either Kelly Olynyk or Jared Sullinger in exchange for Kevin Love.
This, of course, threw the internet into a frenzy, despite the fact that Flip Saunders has repeatedly said that he is not interested in acquiring a pile of picks in return for his superstar power forward. Clearly, there is at least a bit of smoke where this fire is coming from, but it’s probably not accurate to say that Boston is in the lead.
More interestingly, Twin Cities media member Darren Wolfson of ESPN 1500, who generally has a decent pulse on the Wolves’ front office seems to think that something might be up. Here’s a “calm before the storm” comment, and here he mentions that Cleveland, Golden State, Chicago, and a mystery team (other than Boston) are all still in the mix.
Wolfson seems genuinely convinced that Boston is not a top contender for Love’s services. Saunders simply does not want to rebuild, and he’s going to do what he can to receive current NBA players in return, which puts Golden State and Chicago at the top of the list.
Expect the rumors to escalate over the next nine days, but keep in mind the motivations of those throwing rumors around. Everyone has an agenda, and far too often it’s the ever-present “mystery team” that ends up stepping forward and making the acquisition.
Personally, I’m hoping for a late entry by a team like Denver, who could offer Kenneth Faried and Danilo Gallinari, retooling the Wolves on the fly with players that fit well next to Ricky Rubio and ensuring that the Wolves will be competitive again in 2014-15.
We’ll keep the rumor tally going here at DWW, but there’s going to be a lot of hogwash floating about the internet in the near future. And it will only get worse.