Phase II of the new Big 3 era has yet to officially begin, but I’m already fascinated by potential roster moves at the end of the 2014-15 NBA season. Should the Celtics need a new big
man to replace KG, Bass and Paul Pierce, look no further than Kevin Love:
Timberwolves all-star forward Kevin Love is glad he negotiated the option to leave Minnesota as a free agent in three years instead of securing a maximum five-year contract, demanding again that management invest in a playoff-contending team before he commits long term to the franchise.
Love also was pleased to see “bad blood” purged from the locker room and stressed the “urgency of the situation” with the Wolves, whose roster remains unsettled after the team failed to sign Portland free-agent forward Nicolas Batum.
“I feel like we have to change to get to that next level, and I want to help drive that change and push that agenda,” he said Thursday, July 19. “I think we deserve a good product. The coaches deserve a good product, but most importantly the fans deserve it. They were tremendous last year for us turning things around before Ricky (Rubio) went down. We just want to keep pushing the team in the right direction, and that’s what I wanted to convey.”
The 23-year old Love is no longer a silent leader in Minny. He’s speaking out (at management) about the need for the team to be competitive.
The NBA landscape is likely to change dramatically in three years, but it’s always fun to fantasize about the next great Celtic.