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NBA Rumors: Flip Saunders Believes Boston Presents Best Deal For Kevin Love?

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As we inch closer to the NBA Draft, rumors continue to heat up in Minnesota regarding the possible trade of superstar forward Kevin Love. Love does not want to be in Minnesota, but the Timberwolves want to get as much as possible in a trade, if they do decide to let him go.

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Teams have been lining up with their best deals, and while some have come to the conclusion that they don’t stack up with the best deals, a favorite may have emerged according to ESPN’s Chad Ford:

One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he’s going to get.

It would be bad enough if Love was to end up somewhere else, but going to the Celtics would present the biggest stomach punch possible to Lakers fans hoping to see Love in purple and gold.

The Celtics deal would center around the sixth and seventeenth picks in this year’s draft along with future first-round picks, as well as young players like Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk.

The chances of the Lakers landing Love in a trade was always slim as the team simply doesn’t have the assets to make a deal happen. The key to the Lakers landing Love is him choosing not to opt-in and hitting free agency next summer.

If that happens, the Lakers would be one of the favorites to land Love. But as of right now, a possible Minnesota-Boston trade for a superstar power forward could ruin the Lakers plans. Sounds all too familiar.
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  • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

    I don’t see Love opting in for the second year anywhere, especially Boston with this trade. No way Rondo and Love with a bunch of scrubs are a legitimate contender. He’d be better off with Rubio and Pek.

    • TheTruthKills

      Don’t forget how weak the east is. Just about everyone in that conference is a contender.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        East is weak, but it will take A LOT MORE than Love and Rondo to get to the Finals–or even past the first round if they get there. Heat will still be tops in the East, while the Bulls, Pacers, Raptors, Wizards, and Hawks are all improving.

        • jeremy

          the bulls might clean house to try to get guys like melo or love. so bulls might not be the same team next year

    • comrade24

      definitely not a contender for the championship, but if any one of the big 3 in Miami opt out and go elsewhere, the east is WIDE open. It may not take much to win the East next year.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        As long as Lebron stays, the Heat are best in the East hands down. If Wade or Bosh leave, the team could be better than they are now. Imagine replacing Bosh with Deng, Gortat, and another piece. Scary.

    • jeremy

      they got jeff green who look like a real player in boston.

      • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

        I do like Jeff Green, but his best season so far was coming off the bench. Below average PER, 4 win shares per season. Eh.

        • jeremy

          well his numbers would be better if Boston can add another weapon, since last season all they had was him and rondo and green was the main star to start the season. like with OKC he needs another good players around him to do well. so having love would help him and green wouldnt have to be one of the main scoring options

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Exactly. His best season was when he was coming off the bench behind Paul Pierce and Brandon Bass. He’s not a player you count on to help carry a team.

  • iEATcelticBabies

    Don’t do it K-Love, you will lose your L.A purple and gold card….We want you in L.A, your home… !

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Id get a kick out of swiping him from the Celtics. How much control does he have over being traded, though?

      • LAstory

        Kevin is in total control, as well as Kyrie… they both are in situations that Dwight Howard and Melo (with the Nuggets) are in… if a Team trades for him giving up assets without a guarantee that he will re sign, then said team will have lost the given assets and Love, or Kyrie… If Kevin is traded then it will be a team HE wanted to go to and play for the next 5-7 years of his career.

        • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

          To me that sounds like influence and not control. If Boston and Minnesota reach an agreement, and Love tells Boston he will not sign an extension this season, Boston (or any other team who reaches an agreement with Minnesota) can still decide to pull the trigger. Kevin can say where he’d like to go, but if the FOs make the deal, he’s going to have to go or retire.

          • LAstory

            And that where GM’s get fired… because Boston would have given up a 6th, 17th this year and a future 1st round pick and Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk … and any team that you now try and trade him to after the fact knows 1. Kevin doesn’t want to be there and 2. you have no leverage to make a deal to get back what you gave up to get him.. and you’re at the mercy of that team because now Kevin is an unrestricted free agent and have to make a deal before you lose him for nothing.

          • markjsunz

            He will go for one year. Who wants to tear up there team for a guy who is not staying. Dwight Howard ring a bell?

      • markjsunz

        If he lets it be known he is not going to resign with the team they trade him to he will have a lot of control. If you can get him to sign an extension it would be worth trading your #1 pick, but if he is one and done then it is doubtful any one makes that deal.
        The Lakers tried to do it with Dwight Howard and he could not wait to get out of dodge.

  • ra

    hmm. does this sound familiar

    Year: 2007
    Player: Kevin Garnett
    Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
    Destination Team: Boston Celtics

    Year: 2014
    Player: Kevin Love
    Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
    Destination Team: Boston Celtics

    So, history repeating? I don’t think the Championships would come to Boston this time. They had 5 other things that year: Paul Pierce (in his prime), Ray Allen (3 point sharpshooter), Doc Rivers (great coach), Tom Thibodeau (great Defensive coach), The Refs (who seemed to miss hundreds of moving screens and other violations of NBA rules that the Celtics got away with). And don’t forget that KG was a great defender. KL’s defense isn’t particularly spectacular.

    • LAstory

      Very good point ra, the only thing that really help the Celtics land KG was he relationship between McHale and Anige.. but your points are money…

    • jeremy

      but they do got jeff green and rajon rondo. they are no ray allen or pierce but they are still good players in their own way. you add love and that a big man they need.

  • shockjay

    At this point the only team I seem Love going to is the Kings because they are willing to have him play with no guarantee of signing a long-term deal. He is still in the driver’s seat in terms of being in Purple & Gold by 2015-16.

  • LAstory

    Look, I don’t want ANY player that doesn’t WANT to come to LA and play for the Lakers, period.

  • They call me Pringles

    It’s better if we keep the pick. Let him go to Boston and experience losing. I doubt he’ll extend his contract there. He might pull off a Dwight Howard on them and come sign with us in 2015.

  • jeremy

    wolves would be crazy not to think about the offer. who wouldnt take 2 picks and a young player. that like 3 years of rebuilding in one year. they get 2 picks plus the one they have plus a young player that to hard to pass up. unless other teams give them something they cant say no too

  • MLKG

    The only reason I would be mad at the deal is because Minny would probably snap Randle with the pick. I am not nearly as high on Kevin Love as most people are. He is the 3rd option on a contender at , it’s one thing not to make the playoffs, but he hasn’t even come close. That’s a porblem

    • jeremy

      well it not his fault his SF cant stay healthy , he has a PG who cant shoot that well and has a decent center, it took them a few years to finally get him a SG in martin. cant blame him when the front office cant get him decent talent around him

  • Tru Balla

    If only the Lakers hadn’t traded FOUR f**king draft picks for that p.o.s. steve nash they might have enough “assets” to trade for Love…….I know, probably not, I just hate nash.

    • A Fan

      Truth be told, I don’t want LA to trade for Love. Not after what Dwight Howard did.

  • J Taylor

    Chumming the waters.
    The Wolves are on the edge of the playoffs.
    Unless Flip wants to send the team into a rebuild mode and miss the playoffs for a 15th consecutive season, he has to keep Love until the trade deadline.
    Knee jerk responses are exactly how GM’s ruin franchises.

  • JustMe

    The win share thing is not a real NBA stat. It’s cute but not a real stat. Did win shares help LeBron or Dwade win a title this year? Nope

  • correct in my assumptions

    i like my waffles soft

  • Bryant T. Jordan

    Boston can offer Minny the best package … but I don’t see K-Love signing a long-term extension with the Celtics. The best thing that could happen to the Lakers is for Love to be traded elsewhere (so the Lakers can keep and develop their #7 pick) and then merely sign with the team next summer.

    A 2015-16 starting 5 of: Marcus Smart/Kobe/Ariza/Love/Pau could be nice.

    - Bryant T. Jordan
    Author of “Saving the Lakers: A Be the General Manager Book” a Choose Your Own Adventure sports book for adults

  • thom

    Golden State will offer Lee, Barnes, Green & future 1st for Love. And it will be accepted

  • John

    If Kevin Love goes to the Lakers he’d just be standing around on the court. Kobe will be hogging the ball the whole time.

    • vdogg

      yes, that’s why kobe has the most assists of any player in the 30K club and the most postseason dimes for a SG in NBA history.

  • Tyrone Von Gilyard

    La Could pull it off 3 team sign and trade. Trade our 7th pic gasol throw in kelly. U send gasol and kelly to grizzlies. U send the wolves our 7th and zebo.send koufus out with zebo to the wolves.. The wolves give us love and jj barea send wayne ellington out as a placard to grizzlies. We could pull that off. Go after melo. We locked in. We get love and a melo starting lineup with kobe.. we grab a gortat or a center who can post defend we locked fill the roster out with role players. maybe shoot for a deng maybe bring ariza back. We lock love and melo in long term once kobe retire all we have to is find a sg to mesh with melo and love.. Shit could pick up lance this free agency and make him 6th man so all u have to do is rotate him in the starting lineup.

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