It's been reported the Bulls and Kings have become teams that the Wolves want to deal with. Love does have some power to pick his team, because not many teams will sign off on a trade, for the fact that Love may not resign after the 2015 season. A team will likely trade for Love with the commitment that he'll sign an extension. I firmly believe that the Celtics have the most to offer, and that Love will sign a long term deal with Boston.
The Wolves know this, and I think the Wolves are just posturing, so they get more from the Celtics.
According to team and league sources, that isn’t happening any time soon because the Timberwolves are less than enamored with what Boston can offer them.
The conversation would have adopted a completely different tone had the Celtics landed the first, second or third pick in the draft. The Timberwolves, like everyone else, covet the opportunity to have a crack at one of the troika of Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker.
The No. 6 pick isn’t quite so sexy. The Celtics can offer only some combination of that pick and the following: the valuable future Brooklyn picks, the 17th pick this year, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk, Jeff Green, Brandon Bass, Keith Bogans‘ expiring $5.05 million contract (if they can do it before July 1).
In other words, pretty much anything Minnesota wants.
The Timberwolves privately maintain they already have fielded better offers from other teams, among them the Chicago Bulls, who can offer draft picks and some combination of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson along with Carlos Boozer, whose bloated $16.8 million contract expires next summer and represents the kind of cap space rebuilding teams crave.
How about the Kings deal?
I don't see the Wolves dealing with the Kings. I think an underdog could be Cleveland, but will the Cavs do that if Love doesn't want to sign right away? The Celtics have the best location for Love, although Chicago would be a nice spot, but do they have enough to land him?