Report: Celtics trying hard to trade for Love

Report: Celtics trying hard to trade for Love
June 17, 2014, 10:30 am
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The Celtics have the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in next week's NBA Draft, but whether or not they actually make those picks is anybody's guess.

It sounds like they'd rather not make them, based on the latest report by ESPN's Chad Ford.

Ford writes in his latest mock:

"The Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he's going to get."

That news isn't a complete surprise, as Love and the Celtics have been somewhat linked since the regular season ended. Boston does have plenty of assets to make the trade happen.

Love even visited Boston for a weekend to get a feel for the city. Due to the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, it doesn't make monetary sense for Love to agree to a contract with whatever team he is traded to until he hits free agency next season, so the risk still remains that he walks after one season. But the hope is that one season in Boston - or wherever he is traded to - would be enough to convince him to stay.

There have been other reports that Houston, Golden State, Chicago, and Phoenix are also interested in acquiring Love.