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Or maybe not: Report says Boston’s offer for Kevin Love falls short for Timberwolves

Jun 18, 2014, 2:45 PM EDT

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It’s a negotiation. The idea is to get as much as you can for what you are giving up. Minnesota team president Flip Saunders knows how to play that game in trading Kevin Love — and part of that is sending messages by leaking things to the media.

For example, first you leak something saying, “I haven’t seen anything better than what Boston is offering for Love” in hopes of getting other teams to up their bid. Then you leak that the Boston offer isn’t all that great, hoping Boston ups its bid.

That could be the game for Minnesota (or it could be something else, disagreement about what is a priority to get back within the front office, we’ll get to that).

Either way, the Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett is contradicting an earlier report, with sources telling Bulpett that the Celtics’ offer for Kevin Love is not enough to get a deal done.

Sources close to the situation have told the Herald that Boston’s offer of draft picks and players isn’t nearly the best the Timberwolves have received — or expect to receive — for their All-Star forward.

The Celtics are willing to discuss a number of options, but none of them includes the quality of player with NBA experience that Minnesota is seeking or believes it can get elsewhere. One source indicated Denver and Golden State have both made more intriguing offers, and there are other teams very much in the picture, as well.

Denver is a new name, and there would be questions about whether they could retain Love’s services after next season when he can opt out (his people telling Minnesota Love would opt out sparked this trade talk in the first place, it forced the Timberwolves hand). That said the Nuggets have the No. 11 pick in this draft as well as some interesting players they could throw in — Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, J.J. Hickson and Evan Fournier, among others.

Golden State is potentially the big gun, Love has said he likes them and would re-sign there. With Love that team is a contender. Their offer would have future picks as well as players like David Lee, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes. The debate is over Klay Thompson — if I were Minnesota I would insist on him, but according to Bill Simmons and others the Warriors are resistant. (To me, that is over-valuing your current players, I love Thompson and his game but Love is a much more valuable player and one whose skill set is much harder to replicate. I’d resist at first but if Thompson got the deal done I’d move him.)

Boston’s offer reportedly is the No. 6 and No. 17 pick in this draft as well as a future No. 1 and players such as Jared Sullinger.

What does Minnesota really want back? The conflicting reports on what they feel about what Boston can offer could be a sign of division at the higher levels of the organization? Does Flip Saunders want to focus on picks and owner Glen Taylor want established players? If so, that is another fitting explanation of the conflicting reports.

There’s going to be a lot of smokescreens in the next couple weeks. Teams will intentionally leak conflicting information (and sometimes not intentionally). Boston is certainly in the mix for Kevin Love, but Flip Saunders isn’t near done yet trying to get as much for him as possible. Remember, he doesn’t have to move him before the draft, if Saunders thinks there are better offers he can wait until after July 1 and all the way up to the trade deadline in February if he wants.

  1. romestar82 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    1st,Kobe is The GOAT

    • redmond24 - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:57 PM

      Random lol. Kobe fans are legion.

  2. bkbell3 - Jun 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Where has Love said anywhere that he would definitely resign with anyone? I’ve never read that anywhere. And he is not going to resign with Boston,just don’t see it.

  3. billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Hes looking for a big market and a team that. Can contend. You should research further.
    Boston has Rondo, and tons of trade material.(multiple picks over the next 2 drafts and young pieces) thet can be good in a hurry.

    • kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:02 PM

      Oh, please, billbitely53, Love is not going to Boston, so put away the Vaseline. If he does get traded there he won’t re-sign. Love wants to play on a big market but also on the West coast.

      • kingperk123 - Jun 18, 2014 at 6:26 PM

        What’s makes you so sure that Kevin love wants to sign with teams in the west???

      • billtetley53 - Jun 18, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        Dummy, IM NOT A CELTICS FAN! I dont care if he gets traded there or not! How are you this stupid? I mean, just when i think youve hit rock bottom, you dig yourself in even further.

        Vaseline? Im surprised youve heard of it.
        I heard your life partner tells you to bite the pillow, hes going in dry.

        Boston will not trade for him if he doesnt sign a contract.

        You dont know he wants to play on the West coast either. Just because hes from that side of the country means nothing. Its too bad you cant provide links or proof for your ramblings.

  4. kingperk123 - Jun 18, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Greedy at it’s finest Sanders should just take Celtics deal they could have sully Aaron Gordon tj Warren or Adrian Payne playing with ricky I mean realty it’s not like there gunna be any better if they have those players from those other teams he could younger fresher players

    • bdachan12 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:36 PM

      Greed? Definitely at work but not on Minny’s side. Here’s what you’re really offering. A 6th pick (only good piece), a guy whose back can go out at any time and a mid-rounder of which Minnesota already has a better one. Warriors are offering their 2nd and 3rd leading scorers from a 51 win team and a future pick (likely late rounder). I’m not even sold on including Barnes since I think he is extremely undervalued at the moment because Jackson didn’t put him in a position to succeed with all the iso and post plays they forced him into.

      • kingperk123 - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:15 PM

        What sully back is just fine soon as he loose weight he would be grate Barnes is a OK. Not a consistent player but not better than sully

        And the Celtics were offering 6 and 17 to minny

  5. alpo3744 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    As a wolves fan, I don’t want a bunch of picks, as the organization continues to draft the wrong guys with those picks. I want established players and that is what GS is offering with Lee,Barnes, and eventually they will offer Thompson to get the deal done.

  6. kb2408 - Jun 18, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    If you had your choice to live and play in sunny California…with Steph…in a brand new arena OR in Boston…with Rajon, what would your choice be? The answer is easy. Plus, Golden St. is closer to winning a title than Boston is. As much as I like Rajon, he ain’t Steph. And Boston sure ain’t California. Sorry.

    • campcouch - Jun 18, 2014 at 10:37 PM

      Hey,the sun shines in Boston!

  7. daveshingle - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    We know he likes the west coast because he went to college that. He had a choice of colleges and that’s what he chose. Wolves don’t want to take the court this coming season with love so I think he’ll be gone before the season starts.

  8. jazz11001 - Jun 18, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    CMON! You left out that Flip is positioning for both. A three team deal that gets him the picks AND established players.Look for bucks and 76ers to be involved with potential trade partners.

  9. sumkat - Jun 18, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Here’s my take. They like the picks the Celtics are offering, but they want a better player than what they are putting out there. They like the players from another team (probably Denver if this rumor is true), but they want a better pick(s) than what they are offering.

    This is their way of saying, “whoever steps up on the side we want first, wins”

    • 1historian - Jun 19, 2014 at 8:52 AM

      And any GM who gives the Wolves all they want for one season of Love (?) should have his head examined.

  10. genericcommenter - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    He’s not that good.

  11. 32magicman - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    Why is boston a better team for him than minnesota?

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