Don't run out and pick up that new No. 42 Celtics jersey quite yet.
After speculation soared that the Celtics were the front-runners to land All-Star forward Kevin Love in a trade from the Timberwolves, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reports that the C's "pursuit of Kevin Love isn't as hot as reports are indicating."
And Causeway Street isn't on The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes tweet of the Top 3 landing spots for Love:
After talking to league sources, my new top-three potential destinations for Kevin Love: 1. GSW. 2. Chicago. 3. Denver.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) June 18, 2014
This on the heels of ESPN's Bill Simmons and Chad Ford reporting the Celtics were the leaders in the Love Derby.
More from Bulpett:
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. There have been conflicting reports on whether the Warriors would make Klay Thompson available, but the Wolves are said to be confident they can find a more than acceptable deal there.
And while Minnesota has certainly discussed trading Love, who, without a contract extension, can be an unrestricted free agent next summer, it's also possible that Flip Saunders, the club's coach and president of basketball operations, could choose to keep his best player a little longer. The thinking would be that either the Wolves improve and make Love want to stay or that a better deal will present itself before next season's trade deadline.
At present, however, what the Celtics have to offer isn’t getting it done. According to a source, the first-round picks they own from the Nets are not seen as being of overwhelming value, and, where the Celts had an Al Jefferson to offer Minnesota for Kevin Garnett six years ago, neither Jared Sullinger nor Kelly Olynyk rises to that level in the Wolves' eyes this time around.
As for the Celtics' No. 6 overall pick, one NBA source has been told directly that Minnesota believes it can get a player of equal quality later in the first round. The Timberwolves hold the 13th pick, but multiple offers would allow them to select higher.
At this point, it would appear the Celtics' best chance to land Love this summer is to expand their sights and involve a third team. The goal would be to find a player who could give Minnesota more immediate help than will the draft picks.