Kevin Love is the most sought after player this summer next to Carmelo Anthony and possibly LeBron James.
So coveted, that if one team can’t land the big man, they’re prepared to move on without one of their only stars.
According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Boston Celtics are set to pursue Love, but if they are unable to come through, Rajon Rondo could very well be traded. Jeff Green would also be dealt in addition to Rondo.
Celtics still after Love. But Rondo, Green could be gone if they don’t get him. Tomorrow’s Herald column tonight: http://t.co/H2rUOGad9Q
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 20, 2014
Bulpett reports that Boston has already offered the No. 6 and 17 picks in this year’s draft, Kelly Olynyk, and a future first-rounder for Love’s services, but so far no movement, obviously. However, per Bulpett, Boston and Minnesota have yet to commence any back-and-forth engagement.
If Boston were to deal Rondo, the time between now and draft day would be ideal, considering how deep this year’s draft is. And considering the Celts own multiple first-round selections, packing Rondo’s bags would almost inevitably land them another. Not to mention other valuable pieces will be packaged in.
Ultimately, Boston has the resources to snatch Love, but after getting robbed in the Kevin Garnett trade a few years back, Timberwolves’ general manager Flip Saunders – who didn’t pull the trigger on that deal – probably is a little hesitant to negotiate with Boston. And rightfully so.
That, and Love wants to move to a competitor. Even if Boston acquires Love, they still won’t have enough to top either the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat.
The NBA Draft is Jun. 26, so we’ll arguably know Rondo’s fate by then.