News broke yesterday that the Warriors and Wolves had resumed trade talks for Kevin Love. The story was obviously floated by Flip Saunders to remind Cleveland that there are other suitors. But it appears nothing has changed between the Ws and Wolves.
The Warriors and Wolves have been talking for months trying to hamme out a deal to send the superstar rebounder and three-point shooter to Golden State after Love made it clear to team officials he would not re-sign as a free agent next summer.
The AP goes on to report that the Warriors have not moved on their position of not including Klay Thompson, only offering David Lee and his massive $30 million-over-two-years-remaning contract along with Harrison Barnes and a future first-round draft pick that is essentally guaranteed to be in the mid-20’s given how good the Warriors would be with Love.
Let’s just say that’s not exactly the sweetest candy in the store.
Meanwhile, there continues to be the thought that the Wolves lack leverage and don’t have strong enough suitors to play hardball. But they have until the trade deadline in February, with no real hope of going forward if Love leaves, so playing through the season with he distraction is still better than the alternative and disappearing entirely once Love leaves. And on top of Cleveland’s internal debate about trading Wiggins, there’s the fact that Boston, which Love visited last spring, has nine first-round picks, two rookies in Marcus Smart and James Young, and expiring contracts to send back. The Celtics can trade for Love and still have assets left over for a third major deal.
Like Danny Ainge, stay patient Celtics fans. When all the hubbub over Thompson and Andrew Wiggins fades, the Celtics will still be standing with their PuPu platter offer (I still think it includes Jared Sullinger).