The Celtics’ chances of landing Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love may have taken another serious hit. Multiple reports are now indicating that the Golden State Warriors are willing to discuss including shooting guard Klay Thompson in a trade package to the Wolves in order to acquire Love.
That’s a shift in Golden State’s stance from earlier this week in which multiple reports indicated the Warriors had refused to discuss their young prized guard in a deal.
Sam Amick of USA Today believes Thompson’s inclusion in a deal could be the tipping point for the Warriors to get a trade done for Love.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Minnesota’s asking price of the Warriors includes veteran forward David Lee, third-year shooting guard Klay Thompson and a future first-round pick. In return, the Warriors would also receive veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin. The Warriors’ apparent willingness to discuss Thompson is potentially huge in these negotiations, as they have previously resisted the notion of giving him up and it appears Love could be theirs if they ultimately let him go. The people spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the negotiations.
While Minnesota’s asking price has been set, Amick also indicates that the Warriors have not responded to that specific trade proposal yet. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, along with Amick noted that no deal was imminent between the two teams.
"No deal is close," league source involved in Minnesota-Golden State talks on Kevin Love tells Yahoo. "(Pieces) change all the time."
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 19, 2014
Golden State’s willingness to discuss big names combined with the Boston Herald story yesterday that the Timberwolves “weren’t impressed” with Boston’s latest offer signals the Celtics’ pursuit of Love could be on thin ice.
Celtics’ director of player personnel Austin Ainge responded to the recent uptick of trade rumors in the last couple days though by warning fans about most reports.
“Ignore all of it. It’s all planted on purpose,” Ainge said on how the Celtics respond to the rumors. “Anyone who’s willing to talk…even off the record… this time of year has an agenda and is trying to accomplish something. So we ignore absolutely all of it.”
The Celtics may not respond to the trade rumors themselves, but they will have to alter their offer if they want to remain in the hunt for Love. If the Wolves are determined to acquire competitive players now as opposed to rebuilding with draft picks, it will be up to the Celtics to find a player via a third team that suits Minnesota’s needs and trump Golden State’s package. The situation remains very fluid and that should continue all the way up until draft night next Thursday.