There are more rumblings that the Celtics are the front-runners to land Kevin Love in a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
A day after ESPN's Chad Ford in his mock draft said the Celtics have the best package of picks and players to land the coveted T'Wolves big man, ESPN NBA Countdown host Bill Simmons tweeted that Boston is a heavy favorite to land Love because other teams won't part with key players or are focused elsewhere.
If TWolves trade Love, Celts are heavy favs to get him now. GS won't discuss Klay T. + Bulls are focused on Melo. Boston trumps anyone else.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) June 18, 2014
In other words, the Golden State Warriors won't part with Klay Thompson and the Chicago Bulls are focused on pursuing would-be free agent Carmelo Anthony.
This is from Ford's mock draft:
"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.
At NBCSports.com's Pro Basketball Talk, Dan Feldman speculates that the Celtics offer would be too good for Minnesota to pass up:
It’s possible the Timberwolves aren’t all on the same page. (Flip) Saunders, though he is both team president and head coach, probably lacks sole authority to trade Love. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been vocal about the situation.
In the end, all perspectives might align with Love headed (back) to Boston.