The Boston Celtics are one of a few times expressing interest in Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love. According to a report by CBS Boston on Monday, the Celtics could potentially offer their lottery pick for Love and other commodities of interest to the Timberwolves.
The heightened interest comes after a flurry of reports surfaced over the weekend that Love will opt out of his contract with the Timberwolves and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Love is currently under a contract for $15.7 million next season, but has an early termination option in his contract that he will exercise. The Timberwolves may now be weighing the possibility of trading the 25-year-old Love to get some value in return. Otherwise, Love could walk away in free agency.
As multiple teams are reportedly interested in Love, the Boston Celtics could have a top six lottery pick in this year’s draft that will appeal to the Timberwolves. The Celtics could also offer Jared Sullinger or Jeff Green along with additional future picks. Love would have to be the type of impact player Danny Ainge is looking for to give up their lottery pick.
The team can certainly use Love, who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for Minnesota last season. But a possible trade will hinge on the Celtics ability to sign Love long-term, which could also impact their ability to retain point guard Rajon Rondo long-term also. If Ainge can pull this off he would have to out maneuver teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors.
The Lakers were a team Love has expressed interest in playing for, but the UCLA product didn’t rule out the option of playing in Boston. Adding Kevin Love is the type of “fireworks” Celtics personnel were referring to as they looked forward to the upcoming offseason. The Celtics believe Kevin Love can be that next big star to help the team win another championship. Fans would definitely love that possibility.