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The official Celtics-centric Kevin Love timeline

Posted By Ben Rohrbach On June 19, 2014 @ 9:02 pm In General | No Comments

The Celtics-centric story surrounding Kevin Love [1] actually began before the All-Star break, but Boston’s Love affair reached “Fatal Attraction” levels when the three-time NBA All-Star spent three days in the city a few weeks back.

Since then, Timberwolves [2] president of basketball operations Flip Saunders [3] and Celtics [4] counterpart Danny Ainge have seemingly pulled the puppet strings masterfully, casting sources in a drama worthy of Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. The plot thickens every day, so here’s the storyboard updated through the latest episode.

  • Feb. 16, 2014 [5]: Love declares, “Boston is a great city.”
  • Feb. 19, 2014 [6]: The Celtics [4] are in Love’s sights.
  • Feb. 26, 2014 [7]: The Celtics [4] are the odds-on favorite to acquire Love.
  • May 18, 2014 [8]: The Celtics [4], Warriors, Lakers and Suns are making hard runs at Love.
  • May 18, 2014 [9]: The Celtics [4] are “the sleeper gathering momentum” for Love’s services.
  • May 19, 2014 [10]: Love likes the Warriors and Bulls.
  • May 26, 2014 [11]: The Kings would trade for Love without assurance he’d re-sign.
  • May 26, 2014 [11]: Love wants out by July 1.
  • May 30-June 1, 2014 [12]: Love spends a weekend in Boston.
  • June 16, 2014 [12]Love won’t be traded by July 1.
  • June 2, 2014 [13]: The Timberwolves [2] expect Love to remain in Minnesota.
  • June 3, 2014 [14]: The T-Wolves aren’t interested in Jared Sullinger, Avery Bradley [15] or Kelly Olynyk.
  • June 4, 2014 [16]: Sacramento “will trade anything but [DeMarcus] Cousins,” lead in Love sweepstakes.
  • June 9, 2014 [17]: The Suns will offer Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and picks for Love.
  • June 11, 2014 [18]: At a video game conference, Love will answer all questions except those related to the Celtics.
  • June 17, 2014 [19]: A C’s offer of the No. 6 and 17 picks, future No. 1(s), Sullinger and Olynyk is the best offer.
  • June 18, 2014 [20]: The Nuggets and Warriors have better offers than the Celtics.
  • June 18, 2014 [21]: The Celtics are the “heavy favorites” to acquire Love.
  • June 19, 2014 [22]: Denver’s offer of Kenneth Faried, No. 11 pick, Wilson Chandler [23] and J.J. Hickson is better.
  • June 19, 2014 [24]: The Warriors will include Klay Thompson in a deal for Love, becoming odds-on favorite.
  • June 19, 2014 [25]: The Timberwolves [2] aren’t prepared to trade Love — yet.

For more analysis, read about Ainge’s final play for Love [26].


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[1] Kevin Love: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/kevin-love.htm

[2] Timberwolves: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/minnesota-timberwolves.htm

[3] Flip Saunders: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/flip-saunders.htm

[4] Celtics: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/boston-celtics.htm

[5] Feb. 16, 2014: http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/16/boston-list-when-free-agents-shop/59M6bePim4l4t11ih1um2K/story.html

[6] Feb. 19, 2014: https://twitter.com/PeterVecsey1/statuses/436356454883536896

[7] Feb. 26, 2014: http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-nba-bag-volume-1/

[8] May 18, 2014: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/sources--sam-mitchell-emerges-as-minnesota-candidate-with-kevin-love-s-future-undecided-074004019-nba.html

[9] May 18, 2014: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/celtics-loom-as-intriguing-destination-for-kevin-love-211238504.html

[10] May 19, 2014: http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/10949807/kevin-love-tells-minnesota-timberwolves-sign-extension-likes-chicago-bulls-golden-state-warriors

[11] May 26, 2014: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/kings-willing-to-trade-for-kevin-love-without-assurance-he-ll-re-sign-015519118.html?

[12] May 30-June 1, 2014: https://twitter.com/stevekylerNBA/statuses/478478252148002816

[13] June 2, 2014: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/boston_celtics/2014/06/wolves_gm_has_no_love_for_celtics_fans

[14] June 3, 2014: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2014-06-02/wolves-celtics-kevin-love-trade-rumors-nba-draft-free-agency-flip-saunders-vinny-del-negro

[15] Avery Bradley: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/avery-bradley.htm

[16] June 4, 2014: https://twitter.com/SamAmicoFSO/statuses/474284045225172992

[17] June 9, 2014: https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/statuses/475398101302128640

[18] June 11, 2014: http://thebiglead.com/2014/06/11/five-questions-with-kevin-love-of-the-minnesota-timberwolves/

[19] June 17, 2014: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/mock/?season=2014&version=8&source=Chad-Ford-Mock-Draft&ex_cid=InsiderTwitter_Ford_NBAMock8.0

[20] June 18, 2014: http://bostonherald.com/sports/celtics_nba/celtics_insider/2014/06/celtics_offers_for_kevin_love_not_drawing_minnesotas

[21] June 18, 2014: https://twitter.com/BillSimmons/statuses/479272762465214465

[22] June 19, 2014: http://www.denverpost.com/kiszla/ci_25990411/nuggets-should-stay-involved-kevin-love-talks

[23] Wilson Chandler: http://audio.weei.com/basketball/wilson-chandler.htm

[24] June 19, 2014: https://twitter.com/ESPNSteinLine/statuses/479691537886871552

[25] June 19, 2014: https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/status/479752954912583681

[26] Ainge’s final play for Love: http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/basketball/celtics/ben-rohrbach/2014/06/19/danny-ainges-final-play-kevin-love

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