Rumor: Celtics an "increasingly intriguing destination" for Kevin Love

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

That escalated quickly.

First there was a report from Wojo that the Celtics would be willing to offer up their draft pick for Kevin Love (something we've all suspected for a long time, especially if it is outside the top 3).  Then ESPN followed up with news that Love made it clear he would be testing free agency next season (stopping just short of demanding a trade).

ESPN

Kevin Love has made it clear to the Timberwolves that he intends to become an unrestricted free agent after next season and has no interest in a contract extension this summer to stay in Minnesota, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

The AP followed up with similar news (and an asking price):

AP sources: Wolves open to idea of trading Love

The Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading Love if the right deal comes along. The people requested anonymity because the team has not made any final decisions on Love's future in Minnesota. A likely asking price would include a high first-round pick in this year's draft and a solid veteran or two who would come in and contribute right away to a team that is lacking in veteran leadership.

Now the latest update is that Wojo is pointing at the Celtics as a key contender for Love's services.

Celtics loom as intriguing destination for Kevin Love

If the lottery percentages hold to form, Boston would draft in the No. 5 slot, which could hold appeal to Minnesota in this talent-rich draft. If Boston moves up and cracks one of the top three spots, general manager Danny Ainge would have a more difficult decision to make on using the pick in a deal for Love.

He goes on to point out that Love's agent is Jeff Schwartz, who also represents Paul Pierce and worked with Danny Ainge on another complicated trade involving superstars just a year ago.

Wojo calls the Celtics "the sleeper gathering momentum in a process that is still beginning to unfold."  Which sounds about right when you think of how Danny has positioned this team (and Wyc's "fireworks" quotes).

It is still very early in the process to get our hopes up too much, but it does sound like the dominos are falling for Love to be moved this summer and the Celtics will certainly be in the bidding (with a lot of assets to offer).

Stay tuned.

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