Not very long ago Kevin Love looked like he was heading to the Boston Celtics.
According to Chad Ford of ESPN, sources indicated that Flip Saunders was resigned to losing Kevin Love this summer, and that the Celtics’ offer – draft picks with maybe one or two young prospects like second year power forward Jared Sullinger or rookie Kelly Olynyk thrown in, was likely to be successful.
The Celtics have the 6th pick and the 17th pick in the upcoming draft, and the offer is “probably the best [Flip Saunders’] going to get”
A new twist has emerged. Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald says the Celtics’ proposal “isn’t nearly the best the Timberwolves have received — or expect to receive — for their All-Star forward” while the Denver Nuggets have come from nowhere to become a touted destination for Love, alongside the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Bulls. Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe ranks the Warriors first and the Bulls second in order of probability, with the Nuggets in third.
What assets do the Nuggets have to offer the Timberwolves? “In addition to Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried, Denver offering Minnesota a player they would acquire (Arron Afflalo) for Love” (Steve Bulpett via nbcsports).
If the Nuggets go ahead with this bid they really are rolling the dice. There is no guarantee that Love would be willing to stay in Denver if traded there.
Remember, he has one year left on his contract before he can opt out and become an unrestricted free agent in 2015. There aren’t a lot of obvious reasons to remain in the Mile High City.
This is the organisation that inexplicably fired storied head coach George Karl after he lead a young Nuggets team to the playoffs with 57 wins, their highest win tally since 1976. Highly rated GM Masai Ujiri has also gone. And beside all this, Denver is hardly a popular free agent landing spot for marquee players.
The only way the Nuggets would be able to hang on to the California native is if they suddenly became very successful on the court. Love is itching for a long playoff run and the odds of that happening with Denver in the short run is minute.
In ESPN Sportsnation’s Chat with Chad Ford Ford defended his claims, insisting he still had reason to be sceptical that the Golden State Warriors or Denver could offer a more attractive trade package than the Celtics.