The Golden State Warriors may have surged to the front of the pack in the Kevin Love pursuit:
The Golden State Warriors have greatly increased their chances of acquiring All-Star forward Kevin Love by making sharpshooting swingman Klay Thompson available to the Minnesota Timberwolves in trade talks, according to sources close to the situation.
Sources told ESPN.com that Golden State, after initially resisting Minnesota's desire to land Thompson in a Love deal, has relented and is now willing to package Steph Curry's trusted backcourt mate along with David Lee and a first-round pick in a trade for Love that could materialize quickly with the 2014 NBA draft looming Thursday.
So what does this mean for Boston?
Rapid reaction: Twenty-four hours after reports suggested that Boston had the best possible package to offer the Timberwolves, the Warriors have at least thrust themselves into that conversation by dangling Thompson. Ultimately, it comes down to what Minnesota is seeking in return for Love. If the Wolves want an established player, then Boston will struggle to match what others can offer given that both Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk are young and developing with uncertain ceilings. But if Minnesota desires cap relief and draft picks as part of a package, the Wolves are unlikely to find a team that can offer quite the smorgasbord as Boston. It seems reasonable to expect that this Love roller coaster could keep chugging for the next seven days leading up to the draft. -- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Boston