It appears the Celtics have still not given up on their quest to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves. According to a new report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Celtics' president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is still hoping to find a way to land the star power forward.
Here's something that remains unchanged: Danny Ainge's relentless pursuit of creative ways to engage Minnesota on a Kevin Love deal.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 5, 2014
So what exactly are the creative ways that Ainge is using to try to acquire Love? Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe sheds some additional light on that.
Celtics also willing to use their picks to acquire players from other teams that they could then ship to Minnesota in a deal for Kevin Love.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) July 5, 2014
Boston still has eight first round draft picks over the next five seasons, as well as three trade exceptions that add up to $12.3 million. As the free agency period in the NBA continues in the coming days, it's possible the Celtics may be able to acquire a player or players that intrigue Minnesota from a third team for a combination of draft picks and other young players on their roster. From there, they could offer those player(s) to Minnesota in a deal for Love.
Despite the report, it's worth noting the Celtics used one of their top trade assets (the no. 6 overall pick) in the 2014 NBA Draft, which should make it more challenging for Boston to acquire any target that might satisfy Minnesota's demands. The Wolves may also still be content to hold onto their All-Star power forward for the start of the next season as well. Either way, this is a situation that still bears watching to see what Ainge has up his sleeve.
For more insight on the Celtics' odds of acquiring Love, you can check out my post on Boston's various free agent scenarios from earlier this week.