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Lakers, Warriors, T-Wolves talking 3-way trade involving Klay Thompson and Kevin Love

Klay ThompsonThe Lakers are in talks with the Warriors about acquiring Klay Thompson as part of a three-way trade also involving the Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love, according to a report.

The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan reports that the Lakers are talking about trading the No. 7 overall pick in the draft to Golden State for Thompson. This piece would be part of a larger deal that would send Love to the Warriors.

Lakers fans have been wishing for years that the team would acquire Love, so it would have to be a huge disappointment for them if the team is involved in a Love trade but not acquiring the All-Star.

Thompson, 24, averaged 18.4 points per game on 44.4 percent shooting from the field last season. He made 2.8 threes per game and shot 41.7 percent from long range.

If the Lakers decide to keep the No. 7 pick, Bresnahan says they are considering big men Aaron Gordon, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh or point guards Dante Exum, Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton. They could also see what happens with Joel Embiid, who is expected to miss several months after having foot surgery this week.

I’m very curious to see what the T-Wolves would get in this deal. The Lakers would not be able to trade their pick until after the draft, so it’s possible they could end up selecting a player for Minnesota.

Report: Warriors favorites to land Kevin Love, may include Klay Thompson

Kevin LoveThe Golden State Warriors are reportedly the favorites to land Kevin Love. According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, Golden State’s new willingness to include Klay Thompson could end up sealing the deal.

The Warriors were initially hesitant to include Thompson, which led to speculation that the Boston Celtics may have the best offer on the table for Love. However, Golden State is now entertaining the idea of offering Thompson, David Lee and a first-round pick.

Sam Amick of USA Today is reporting that there is a strong sense the deal will get done if the Warriors include Thompson.

There are still plenty of teams interested in Love, including the Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets. The Celtics are considered a strong suitor because they can offer multiple draft picks, one of which is a future Brooklyn Nets pick that could end up being a lottery selection. Golden State, on the other hand, can include two quality NBA players in Thompson and Lee.

Thompson is only 24 and averaged 18.4 points per game last season. He’s a tremendous 3-point shooter who has shot 41% from beyond the arc throughout his three-year career. You can understand why the prospect of landing him plus a first-round pick would intrigue Minnesota.

Celtics’ trade offer for Kevin Love reportedly not the best

Kevin LoveThe Boston Celtics are among the teams pursuing Kevin Love, but their trade offer to the Minnesota Timberwolves apparently was not impressive enough.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett says the Celtics’ potential offer of the Nos. 6 and 17 overall picks in this year’s draft plus a player like Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk isn’t nearly the best offer the T-Wolves have received or are expected to receive.

Bulpett says the Warriors and Nuggets have both made more intriguing offers.

Love will be a free agent after the season and supposedly is trying to get the team to trade him before the season. Minnesota is receiving offers and can choose to keep the forward for the entire season or wait until the trade deadline to deal him.

The Star Tribune Jerry Zgoda believes the Warriors are the favorites to land Love, though he lists the Cavs as a possibility, especially if Cleveland decides to deal the No. 1 pick (which would probably be foolish).

ESPN’s Chad Ford believes the Celtics are the favorites because he doesn’t think the Warriors would include Klay Thompson in a deal. He also says he heard the C’s had the best deal on the table.

It will be interesting to see what happens with Love. I know when Danny Ainge wants a guy, he usually gets him, so I’m banking on Ainge right now.

Kevin Love calls Timberwolves ‘they’

Kevin LoveHas Kevin Love already moved on from the Minnesota Timberwolves? We hate reading too much into one tiny piece of an interview, but it was hard not to take note when Love referred to his current team as “they” on Wednesday.

When Aja Dang of FOX Sports asked Love about the future of the Timberwolves under Flip Saunders, the star forward responded like he is already a member of another team.

“If they’re healthy, they can do a lot of damage,” Love said. “With Flip as the coach — kinda been there, done that, in the Eastern Conference and in the Western Conference, having seen and really played all sides in the basketball world, I think he’s going to do a great job.”

That is pretty telling. You can argue that it was simply a slip of the tongue, and that might be true. But I highly doubt Love would be referring to the team he has spent the first six seasons of his career with as “they” if he wasn’t planning on being dealt.

For what it’s worth, Love also said he has a great relationship with Saunders when asked about Flip saying Love has no reason to be frustrated with the direction of the T-Wolves.

“What some people don’t know is that Flip and I have a great relationship, and we’ve been constantly speaking about my situation,” Love said. “Flip is going to be a tremendous coach again for the Timberwolves; he did a great job last year with our team, even throughout all the injuries and different things that we had.

“But that’s the way of Flip of getting people motivated, whether it’s me or people you don’t even know about. Am I happy he said those things? I think he’s supposed to come out and say that because it’s a team game, not about one singular player.”

There are too many rumors swirling around to have a solid idea of where Love is going to be traded, but it would be a shock if he is not dealt. The Timberwolves would simply be taking too much of a risk by keeping him.

Timberwolves reportedly were disappointed with Kevin Love

Kevin LoveThe Minnesota Timberwolves are preparing to lose Kevin Love at some point over the next year. It’s pretty clear that Love will leave the team as a free agent next offseason if they don’t trade him first.

While the T-Wolves no doubt would like to have him back, they probably recognize that their best course of action is trading him to get something in return. And even though they would like to keep him, that doesn’t mean they didn’t have some disappointment with him last season.

According to NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner, the T-Wolves felt Love withdrew during the team’s struggles.

In fact, near the end of the regular season, as the Wolves were eliminated practically first and mathematically second from the playoffs, Love withdrew and unplugged. Saunders and others within the team, several sources have said, were disappointed. Over the past two months, they became convinced that Love intended to leave.

Minnesota didn’t exactly have a terrible season — they went 40-42 — and it’s not like Love packed it in. He played in 77 games last season and only missed a few games down the stretch with an elbow issue.

If Minnesota should be mad at anyone over the Love situation, it’s former team GM David Kahn for playing hardball with the franchise player and not giving him a 5th year in the contract extension, allowing him to become a free agent in 2015. What a bunch of fools.

Kevin Love hangs with Rajon Rondo; David Ortiz tries to recruit him to Boston

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If nothing else, Kevin Love is seriously toying with the emotions of Boston Celtics fans. After galavanting around town and hitting up some popular spots in Beantown on Friday night, Love went to the Red Sox game on Sunday. Guess who else was at Fenway Park? Rajon Rondo.

Love and Rondo were spotted greeting each other inside the ballpark. As if that wasn’t enough to make Celtics fans giddy, David Ortiz later got in on the fun by tweeting at Love.

Plenty of teams are going to be interested in Love. Boston is one of them, but that hardly means Love is going to be playing for Brad Stevens next year. Neither does his trip to Fenway and the surrounding area.

Photo via @BigDub74
H/T Boston Globe

Kevin Love visited Boston ‘to see what it’s like’

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Kevin Love visited the city of Boston over the weekend, igniting a flurry of speculation about a possible trade between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics. As Dirty Water News first reported, Love had dinner at The Greatest Bar and later headed to Rumor nightclub. He was also planning to attend the Red Sox game on Sunday.

Larry Brown Sports has confirmed through multiple sources that Love was in fact in the city and taking in the sights. When asked why he was there, Love reportedly said, “I’m here to just check out the city and see what it’s like.”

What does all this mean? Absolutely nothing is one possibility. It’s the offseason for Love, and maybe he just felt like taking a weekend trip to Boston to check out a new place. However, reports have already indicated that Love is open to being traded to the Celtics. The T-Wolves are also supposedly interested in players the Celtics would be in position to draft with their two first-round picks, one being Kentucky’s Julius Randle.

If Boston has a chance to acquire Love, Danny Ainge will try his hardest to make it happen.