Well, we can probably just chalk our Kevin Love hopes up to nothing, and move on with our summers, right? After all, Summer League is in full swing, Marcus Smart looks good, Smart and Avery Bradley are going to be playing tough backcourt defense for a team destined for the lottery, and we can all pretty much expect a long rebuild. That’s fine.
This is Woj’s version of a Mutombo finger wag.
Here’s something that remains unchanged: Danny Ainge’s relentless pursuit of creative ways to engage Minnesota on a Kevin Love deal.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe followed up.
Celtics also willing to use their picks to acquire players from other teams that they could then ship to Minnesota in a deal for Kevin Love.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) July 5, 2014
That makes some sense, given what we know about Minnesota. The Wolves don’t want to rebuild. They would prefer to put a playoff team together based on the pieces they acquire from a deal for Love, which isn’t a great move for the future but would line up with Flip appointing himself head coach. No head coach would like to tank.
I have no idea what Minnesota wants. This doesn’t feel like a situation in which both teams are bumping heads for leverage. It feels like the Celtics are willing to give Minnesota what it wants (within reason), and the Wolves aren’t sure they want to take Boston’s collection of assets.
Other teams can still offer a better deal than Boston. But if Woj is to be believed (and he almost always is), the Celtics haven’t ruled themselves out of the game yet.
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