Steve Bulpett covers the Boston Celtics for the Boston Herald (and the NBA in general) and had a very interesting tweet this evening. A report earlier today had the Nuggets being in the mix for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. We wondered what type of deal could be offered and now, with Bulpett's help, we have some names (who knows how accurate this actually is ...):
Sources: in addition to Wilson Chandler and Kenneth Faried, Denver offering Minnesota a player they would acquire (Arron Afflalo) for Love.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 19, 2014
Note: Denver's pick (No. 11) NOT included in what I've heard Minnesota can get. Tweets attributing that to me are incorrect.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 19, 2014
Well, we'll see if there are any legs to this offer in the coming week. I can tell you one thing: the Nuggets front office would want the media to be the last people to know about an impending deal, so it's a little hard to believe that this deal will come to fruition.
And how does Arron Afflalo get in the mix? Would the Nuggets deal the 11th pick and something else to Orlando in this deal? That's a lot of moving parts and whenever a third team gets involved, things get sticky and tricky.
Acquiring Love would be a big move for the Nuggets and a step towards building a contender that team president Josh Kroenke so badly wants. We'll see if anything actually happens as rumor season is well under way.
What would you think about the possibility of teaming up Love, Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari, and Timofey Mozgov?
This is only going to get weirder, friends... Several sources saying more teams will bid for Love and offers will be altered.— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 19, 2014
This is a Tweet that basically tells you all you need to know about these rumors ... it ain't happening. The "offers will be altered" part basically says to me that this rumor is just a rumor and that nobody really knows what is actually going on and what is actually true.
There is a reason that a Boston reporter is leaking these names and rumors. And those reasons are likely using the Nuggets to pump up some part of a deal between the Wolves, Celtics, and some unknown team.