Report: 'Nothing is imminent' in trade push for Kevin Love
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The Boston Celtics are pushing hard to stay in the Kevin Love sweepstakes, but they could be falling behind in their attempts to pull off a trade with the Timberwolves.
Golden State appears to have risen to the front of the pack among potential suitors following reports on Thursday that the Warriors are now willing to package Klay Thompson in a trade for Love.
However, the Celtics and others aren't out of luck yet as the bidding war for Love looks like it will only continue to heat up in the days leading up to the NBA draft next week (June 26).
The Boston Globe's Baxter Holmes reported Friday, via a source, that "nothing is imminent" when it comes to the Wolves making a trade.
"A source close to the situation pointed out that "nothing is imminent" with regard to a potential deal, adding that pieces involved are still being discussed. Trade talks between the Timberwolves and several teams pursuing Love, including the Celtics, are expected to intensify leading up to the June 26 draft.
"Like anything else, they're going to say, 'We'll wait until the last minute to see if anyone can up the ante,' " a league source said.
Holmes added that his source said Thompson is the player Minnesota "has always wanted from the beginning."
The Celtics have reportedly offered the Wolves the No. 6 and No. 17 picks in the upcoming draft, a future No. 1 pick and either Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk, but reports have indicated even that might not be enough to sway Minnesota.
If the Celtics can't pull off a trade with the Timberwolves, they are planning on likely trading guard Rajon Rondo as a part of a full-scale rebuilding process, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald reported Friday.
As for a possible trade between Minnesota and the Warriors, ESPN.com noted that, according to sources, the Wolves are looking to get a future first round pick and possibly forward Harrison Barnes in a Thompson-Love deal.