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Celtics believed to be 'heavy favorites' in the Kevin Love sweepstakes

 Pro basketball player Kevin Love visits Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at the Activision booth during E3 on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Pro basketball player Kevin Love visits Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare at the Activision booth during E3 on June 11, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for Activision

Can the Boston Celtics pull off a major trade that will bring All-Star forward Kevin Love to Boston? The Celtics will have to compete with other teams in trying to convince the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade their star. As the NBA draft looms, rumors surrounding a Love trade are heating up. According to Boston.com Wednesday, Bill Simmons believes the Celtics are heavy favorites to land the star.

Simmons, who also happens to be a big Celtics fan, based his prediction on what the other teams involved doesn’t have to offer the Timberwolves. The Golden State Warriors don’t have the draft picks, but do have some players of interest to Minnesota, but their unwillingness to part ways with a young player like Klay Thompson may take them out of the running. Another team that could be in prime position to land Kevin Love is the Chicago Bulls. Their focus at the moment is on luring another big star, Carmelo Anthony” to Chicago.

With those two teams possibly out of the picture, Simmons believes the Celtics are in prime position. He tweeted on Wednesday, “If TWolves trade Love, Celts are heavy favs to get him now. GS won’t discuss Klay T. + Bulls are focused on Melo. Boston trumps anyone else.”

Things in the NBA can change drastically and the Celtics are certainly no guarantee to land Kevin Love. They do have the most assets to offer and a recent visit to Boston by Love seems to suggest he may be interested in wearing the green and white. ESPN’s Chad Ford also believes the Celtics could eventually have the best package to offer the Timberwolves. That package could include Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk, this year’s No. 6 pick and future No. 1 picks. Of course, the teams that have the best chance at landing the All-Star forward seem to change daily. Draft night will definitely be interesting in the city of Boston.