The Celtics have been in the Kevin Love mix the longest if I had a guess. The package has been reportedly rejected, or at least not that desirable to the Wolves. The Celtics have picks and space, but it seems like Minnesota doesn't have interest in Sully or other young Celtics.
I believe the Wolves are playing it off, and Flip is trying to get Ainge to sweat a little. In the past two days, the Warriors and Denver have come up as possible locations for Love. If I'm the Warriors I would not break up the splash brothers in Oakland. In the new NBA three-point shooting is huge. If the Warriors have Bogut, they would have beat the Clippers, and maybe the Thunder. The Warriors need to tweak a bit, but I think the Klay for Love deal is bad for the Warriors.
The Warriors do have a nice deal to offer, but Lee isn't getting any younger. He's in his prime right now, and perfect for the Warriors. The Nuggets have a good offer, but the Celtics still have so much more to offer.
The Boston Celtics and Denver Nuggets also remain at the forefront of the Love pursuit, sources said, but Golden State appears to possess the most appealing combination of players who can make an immediate impact for the Wolves, whose team president -- Flip Saunders -- is also their new coach.
ESPN.com reported earlier Thursday that the Warriors have greatly increased their chances of winning the Love sweepstakes by making Thompson available to the Wolves in trade talks. The Warriors, after initially resisting Minnesota's push for Thompson, have relented and now are including Thompson in various trade proposals.
Thompson's father, Mychal, a former No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft and now a radio analyst on Los Angeles Lakers broadcasts, said Thursday on ESPN LA 710 AM that the Warriors and Wolves have been discussing a deal in which Golden State would also receive Martin from Minnesota in addition to Love for Thompson, Lee and a future first-round pick. The Warriors do not have a first-round pick in next week's draft.
ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard reported Thursday that the Nuggets are offering Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and the No. 11 pick for Love and Martin, but it remains unclear whether Love would be willing to sign a long-term deal with the Nuggets.
I believe at the end of the day, it's Kevin Love who gets to pick his location. Is Denver a place that Love wants? It's not a big market, and the team doesn't bring in big talent. The Celtics are in the easy Eastern Conference, and the franchise may not get the big free agents, but Danny knows how to trade for them.