Boston Celtics trade rumors regarding a Kevin Love deal have shifted again. In new Celtics trade rumors from Wednesday (June 18), a Love deal between the Minnesota Timberwolves and a different franchise might be picking up steam. According to a new report from NBC Sports on Wednesday, other offers have surpassed what Boston has placed on the table in discussions.
While this should definitely still be considered speculation on the grander scale, it would seem that there are quite a few possible destinations for the All-Star power forward this offseason. This new report suggests that the leading candidates are the Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, and Denver Nuggets. With the front office of the Timberwolves still non-committal when it comes to dealing their best asset, it is even more unclear what possible discussions have even taken place.
Earlier on Wednesday, significant Boston Celtics trade rumors came from Bill Simmons, who stated that the team had become the favorites to acquire Kevin Love. Any deal in that regard would likely center on the No. 6 pick that they have in the 2014 NBA Draft as well as other intriguing pieces from the active roster. The problem for the Celtics is that the team doesn't have a marquee player to put up in a deal that other franchises might make available.
So what does this all mean? It means that there are no clear favorites to acquire a player that might not even be shopped by his current franchise yet. Love has made it clear that he will not sign an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves, so the team would lose him following the 2014-15 NBA season if they didn't deal him. That's where the rumors began and fans should expect them to continue as the draft and open free agency creep closer.
If it turns out that the Wolves are indeed looking for an impact player as well as a pick or two, though, it might take the Celtics right out of the running. That is, unless the team can convince a third franchise to become involved in a potential deal.