Interestingly enough, Love’s representatives only provided one stipulation: no questions about the Boston Celtics.
That’s right: Love could answer questions about any team in the NBA EXCEPT the Boston Celtics.
You would think that it would either be all or nothing regarding questions the trade rumors flying around Love’s head; either Love should be advised to remain mum on the topic, since he is not slated to become a free agent until 2015, or it’s open season on discussing potential suitors.
Instead, it’s a hybrid approach: questions about the Celtics are off-limits, but the other 29 teams? Good to go?
Questions about rumors involving Cleveland?
“I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.”
Questions about trade rumors in general?
“I can’t go anywhere without someone saying I’m going to their team. A Brewers game? I’m going to the Milwaukee Bucks. If I spend time in South Beach, it’s the Miami Heat. It’s funny how the world works.”
Questions about Boston? Watch your mouth!
All of which means . . . ? What say you, Jay King?
So if Love’s conscientiously dancing around Celtics chatter, he’s obviously coming to Boston. Right? Well… 1) It might mean nothing at all. And 2) He’s still a free agent. Though he does hold some level of leverage because of his contract situation, he can’t just pick exactly where he wants to go. The Celtics will be able to build a competitive offer, but they would be one of many teams lusting after Love’s services. If the Wolves trade Love, there’s no promise they will like the Celtics’ trade offer most.
There’s no doubt that the Boston Celtics want Kevin Love, and Kevin Love certainly doesn’t seem to be against the possibility of being traded to Titletown. Given Minnesota’s trade history with Boston, however, I doubt the Timberwolves organization is thrilled to see the love affair that the city of Boston is having with its All-Star power forward. I would not be surprised if Minnesota’s front office asked Love to put the kibosh on the Boston talk for a little bit.
What do you think of the “No questions about Boston” rule?