Tuesday July 8th, 2014

Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge is still very much trying to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love, reports The Boston Globe

The Celtics have been quiet on the NBA market of late -- aside from agreeing to re-sign Avery Bradley -- but according to The Globe, Ainge has been "dogged" about his pursuit of Love and is convinced he can create a package appealing enough to get the Timberwolves to agree to trade their star. 

More from The Globe:

The Celtics are essentially out of salary cap space, but they do have a $10.2 million trade exception from the Paul Pierce deal they have to use by Saturday. They also have potentially talented rookie James Young to offer in a deal. While Young was ruled out of summer league with a neck injury, there was speculation the Celtics are keeping him on ice in case of a potential deal.

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Love is set to be a free agent after next season. In 2013-14, he averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game and was named an All-Star for the third time. The 25-year-old has spent his entire six-year career to date with the Timberwolves. 

Molly Geary

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