Conflicting reports emerge regarding Celtics interest in Shabazz Muhammad

It's been an wild day on the NBA rumor front, with Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that the Rockets are actively shopping Dwight Howard and Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press reporting the Raptors are chasing Ryan Anderson. But so far, only one of the many rumors that hit the wire today related directly to the Boston Celtics; their purported interest in young Timberwolves swingman Shabazz Muhammad:

If Wolfson's report is true, it would mean that the Timberwolves may have backed off their stance that they would absolutely not move Muhammad, which Wojnarowski reported in December:

What the Celtics may have been interested in moving for Muhammad when they called in December is unknown, though circumstances have changed for several players on the roster since then. It is unlikely they would move any one of their true core rotation players for Muhammad, unless Tyler Zeller's recent uptick in minutes has been showcasing for a trade rather than an organic growth of his role. If that is the case, a Zeller and a pick for Muhammad deal would probably work from the Wolves perspective (Zeller's value is deflated by the fact he is eligible for restricted free agency this offseason, thus the inclusion of a pick) but may seem an overpay from the Celtics' perspective. A deal centered around James Young might be more palatable depending on the organization's internal evaluation of his progress, but would seem to be a little less than what Minnesota would want for a player who, though struggling, has shown flashes of real production.

UPDATE 2/12/16: Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reports that a source has told him Boston is not interested in trading for Muhammad before the deadline, contradicting Wolfson's report.

Photo Courtesy of
Follow Brenton on twitter @BBTruth8294