BOSTON — Things are starting to get interesting in Minnesota and the Boston Celtics will be among those keeping a close watch on the action.
Multiple reports indicate that the Timberwolves have decided they want Dave Joerger as their next head coach.
But Joerger is under contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team he led to a 50-32 record and a seventh seed in the playoffs this year.
In order to free up Joerger from his contract in Memphis which has two years remaining, Minnesota will have to send the Grizzlies some form of compensation.
The Celtics went through this last summer when they released Doc Rivers from the remaining years on his contract, to coach the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for a 2015 Clippers first-round pick.
This is where the Celtics might actually have their chances of swinging a deal for three-time all-star Kevin Love enhanced.
Knowing they are going to have to give away a draft pick of some kind to Memphis, the Timberwolves would obviously want to recoup that lost asset (and add a few more on top of it) as quickly as possible.
With Love not wanting to re-sign with the team prior to being a free agent in 2015, Minnesota has to be motivated to move him sometime between this summer and the February trade deadline.
Any deal involving Love would most likely result in them getting multiple first-round picks, something the Celtics have plenty of following the Rivers trade as well as the blockbuster last summer with Brooklyn that netted the Celtics three future, first-round picks.
There will be plenty of suitors for Love in the coming months, for sure.
And while there's no clear-cut favorite, West coast teams like the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors have a certain appeal to Love who played his college basketball at UCLA and was born in Santa Monica, Calif.
But ultimately, Minnesota will move him for a deal that they believe is best for the organization.
If you're going to have to give up a draft pick to hire the coach you want, it only stands to reason that any deal that involves moving your greatest asset - Love - will result in that lost asset being replenished.
And that makes Boston a team that will remain a player to watch as the Love sweepstakes plays itself out in the coming months.