Boston, MA, United States (4E Sports) – The Boston Celtics are planning to offer the Minnesota Timberwolves their 2014 lottery pick for power forward Kevin Love.
According to sources, Love’s representatives are pushing the Wolves to trade the 25-year-old superstar before he opts out of his contract in 2015 and the Celtics could be his next destination.
However, it depends on where the Celtics land in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery as their first-round-pick in June’s draft could form the centerpiece for a deal bringing Love to Boston.
Despite the presence of three top prospects in the draft — Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker – the Celtics are looking for a player that could create instant impact.
Boston has multiple picks to offer in the next several years as part of a total package for Love, as well as the salary-cap space to perhaps take back an unwanted contract from Minnesota.
Also, Love’s agent Jeff Schwartz and Ainge have a strong relationship and a good working history. Ainge helped another Schwartz client, Paul Pierce, get to a preferred trade destination in Brooklyn a year ago.
The Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors are also possible landing spots for Love
Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Wolves last season but has never made the playoffs.
Golden State has players like Harrison Barnes, David Lee, and Klay Thompson that could interest the Wolves, but they don’t have high draft picks to put their offer over the top.
Los Angeles has absolutely nothing to offer other than their 2014 first rounder. Their 2015 first is owned by Phoenix and the “Ted Stepien Rule” prevents them from offering future picks after that.