Don't let the recent misdirections from both sides fool you. Love has given out signals for a long while that he has wanted to be a Celtic. From his interview on the franchise during the season where he gushed over the franchise like a schoolgirl, to his even more obvious visit to Boston, plus his repeated and adamant vague mentions of being okay going to a team that isn't an immediate contender (hmm, I wonder who he could be referencing?!). It's clear to everyone where he wants to be. However the Timberwolves know it's a one shot deal and want to get the most out of him as they can.
Both GMs are posturing and all of these recent rumors to suddenly appear out of no where are the result. Lets take a look at them.
Saunders immediately responded to the Boston trip hoopla with an adamant denial. Ainge countered by having rumors immediately come up of him fixated on Aaron Gordon. Then more rumors that he was determined to trade up. The Wolves then counter with that they are less than enthusiastic about the Boston deal and that they are more interested in other teams.
Ainge is a smart guy. He knows he needs to do something to make Rondo stay. He also knows that if he thinks Rondo is leaving and is forced to trade him, he will be in the same position that the Wolves are with Love - backed into a corner giving away 80 cents on the dollar. Heck, in the NBA even getting 100 cents on the dollar is NOT a good trade. Given by every Rondo interview I've seen, it seems that he's been given assurances in private by management/Ainge that they're going to be going in to be a contender much sooner than later. He obviously can't say anything outright about their plans, but he keeps hinting that the team will be making moves.
The Celtics have more firepower for a trade than any other team besides arguably the Cavaliers (whom Love has rumored to made clear he is not interested in at all- shocker I know) and the Warriors (who have stated that Klay Thompson is off the trade table). If Ainge wants Love, which every sign (and misdirection) points to a strong yes, he's going to get him.