While Kevin Love was touring Boston and taking in a Red Sox game, Jackie MacMullan noted that the Timberwolves are already fielding other offers and currently have a better one on the table than what Boston is offering. A better one from your Chicago Bulls.
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The Timberwolves privately maintain they already have fielded better offers from other teams, among them the Chicago Bulls, who can offer draft picks and some combination of Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson along with Carlos Boozer, whose bloated $16.8 million contract expires next summer and represents the kind of cap space rebuilding teams crave.
If you are Kevin Love and can choose to join a team with top dogs Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah or Rondo and Jeff Green, which way are you leaning?
No offer there is specified, but I'm cool giving up any of the things mentioned above for Kevin Love. Draft picks? Sure. Gibson, don't need him with Love. Butler? Sucks, but he's a role player, and the Bulls are great at finding defensive role playing wings. Boozer? HAHAHA.
We'll see what happens, but this kicks ass for a few reasons:
1: The Bulls are being aggressive.
2: The Timberwolves are actively shopping Love at this point.
3: As of right now, their offer is better than one of the other major suitors.
That said, we don't know if the Celtics have thrown the #6 pick into their offer yet. The article implies the Timberwolves might not find so much value in #6, but it's hard to imagine that #6 and #17 wouldn't trump Gibson + Dunleavy + #16 + #19. Perhaps the Bulls are dangling Mirotic in the deal as well, who knows.
In short, it could be that the Bulls have a better offer than whatever the best Boston is going to offer, or it could be that the Bulls haven't even made an offer and Minnesota is simply trolling to raise Boston's offer.
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