Danny Ainge is still looking for creative ways to acquire Kevin Love in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the Celtics might need some help to do so, Gary Washburn writes in Tuesday’s Globe.
A league source tells Washburn that Ainge “is attempting to gather assets to acquire Kevin Love, convinced he can devise a package that would entice Minnesota Timberwolves president Flip Saunders to move the three-time All-Star, who will be a free agent next season.”
Those assets might be acquired from teams looking to clear cap space to sign a major free agent like Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, or Chris Bosh. The Celtics have a $10.2 million trade exception that they have to use by Saturday or else it expires. The theory is that the Celtics could use their future draft picks and a player like rookie James Young or Avery Bradley as trade bait for an established player from another team that they could then flip to Minnesota for Love. On their own, the Celtics don’t have established players that Minnesota covets, and the Wolves aren’t believed to be interested in a deal for Love that returns only draft picks.
The Celtics have been very quiet in free agency so far, leading others around the league to guess that something might be up, especially after Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck promised “fireworks” earlier this offseason.