Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (the man who knows everything that happens in the NBA before anybody else does):
...the Wolves are under pressure to start considering trade scenarios for Love, who's anxious to exercise his early termination option (ETO) in the summer of 2015 and leave as a free agent, league sources said.
"For the first time, [team president Flip Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Kevin Love] is an option," one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.
The Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among many teams determined to make hard runs at trades for Love, league sources said. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA draft available in offers for Love, sources said.
Everyone and their mother has been aware for some time that this news was coming in regards to Love, and we here at Celtics Life have speculated time and time again on what it might take to get him here.
Wojnarowski has just published another article entitled "Celtics loom as intriguing destination for Kevin Love" with the following quotes:
Boston is the sleeper gathering momentum in a process that is still beginning to unfold...
Boston has multiple picks to offer in the next several years as part of a total package for Love, as well as the salary-cap space to perhaps take back an unwanted contract from Minnesota.
Love's agent Jeff Schwartz and Ainge have a strong relationship and a good working history. Ainge helped another Schwartz client, Paul Pierce, get to a preferred trade destination in Brooklyn a year ago. The Celtics believe they can sell Love on becoming the next big Celtics star, and all the adulation that comes with that for a franchise that has won 17 NBA championships.
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