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Your Morning Dump..Where The Celts Could Make Offer For Love

KWAPT May 18, 2014 The Morning Dump 18 Comments

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there’s nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

The Boston CelticsGolden State WarriorsLos Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among many teams determined to make hard runs at trades for Love, league sources said. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources said.

Sources: Sam Mitchell Emerges As Minnesota Candidate With Kevin Love’s Future Undecided-A.Wojnarowski

Could Danny Ainge and the Celtics make a blockbuster trade for Minnesota’s Kevin Love this summer? According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s sources, yes. Woj says that organizations such as Boston, the Lakers and Suns are all going to make plays for the 25 year old power forward/center.  Teams looking to deal for Love will also be hoping to get him to sign a 5-year, $100 million extension. Love wants to play for a contender of course, and that could obviously be a stumbling block as far as the Celtics go. But with Rajon Rondo running the point and Danny Ainge’s arsenal of draft picks that he can wheel & deal with, if we could get Love here, other big name free agents could follow. Love had a great career in Minny, and carried them through some lean years, but it’s time for a change for the big fella. The look in Kevin’s eyes during this post game interview after a frustrating late season loss to the Grizzlies said it all for me.

Kevin Love is coming off of a career year in scoring, and we all know he is a dominant rebounder and skilled passer. And at just 25, he hasn’t even hit his ceiling yet by far. But if the ping-pong balls are kind to the Celtics on Tuesday night, and they get let’s say a top 3 pick, do they put all of their eggs in Love’s basket? Or do they go after the Wiggins, Parkers and Embids out there? This is undoubtedly a tough question, and we can’t get too far ahead of ourselves. Unfortunately, the fate of the Celtics rests in the hands of lady luck right now. Tuesday night’s draft lottery will play an integral part in determining just who will be staying in green, who’ll be moving on and who will be coming in to try & help the 17-time world champs raise another banner to the rafters.

Related links:
Deadspin: Love Wants Out Of Minnesota One Way Or The Other | Kevin Love Likes Warriors Bulls

The rest of the links:

Herald: Wyc Out To Change Celtics Lottery Luck | Ainge Looks Within For Improvement

Globe: Plenty Of Draft Lottery Heartbreak For Celtics

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  • Brad P

    If Love wants to make the playoffs, coming to the East should be a no-brainer. But we’ll see what happens with the ping-pong balls first

  • Fitzy

    I think if we get the 3rd pick I’d still do it just because that means we give up less. It also depends where the lakers end up in the lottery. We can put the best offer on the table by far. If this happens I would then attempt to pursue melo in a sign and trade. Not very realistic but once that’s in place the vet mins would be flowing in.

    • Curt Hays

      Idk about pursuing Melo AND Love. They’d both need to take pay cuts. But you have a great point about the vet minimums…however, that’s a win now team and I feel like Brad Stevens and Danny would rather build a dynasty.

      I guess with Love, Rondo, and Melo you might actually HAVE a dynasty with different vets each year. I’m starting to see the light.

      • Fitzy

        Kevin Love is 25, Melo is 29 (30 at the end of next season) and Rondo is 28. That’s a win now and later team. When KG and #20 got here it was a 3 year plan that we stretched into 5. That team would be an upper echelon contender for the bare minimum 5 years. It certainly took me a while to see the light; but realistically what other options are there for a big 3. People talk about the player we could draft but are any of them EVER going to average 25 and 13? In my opinion I just don’t see it happening; ESPECIALLY if we end up out of the top 3.

        • Curt Hays

          I loved having Ray and KG. Is getting Love and Melo a bit like having Bosh and LeBron?

  • zippittyay

    If you plan on keeping Rondo, get Kevin Love. Otherwise get what you can for Rondo and go with the youth movement and develop your assets.

    • Thatguy

      I wonder what happens to Sully and Olynyk if we get Love. Hopefully we can keep one. I really feel Olynyk is gonna show a good sophomore year.

      • eddysamson

        Yeah I’d personally rather keep Olynyk. I think he could be a 6th man of the year type as the bench front court guy.

        • Curt Hays

          Not that I wouldn’t trade Olynyk for Jamal Crawford…

      • zippittyay

        I have no idea how the salaries work out, but I would think it would take something like Sully and one of our top picks to get Love.

    • eddysamson

      This dump really just made me realize this.

  • Brad

    If we get a top 3 pick, I think we keep it. I’ve seen enough out of Sully & KO to where I feel comfortable rolling with them instead of trading for Love if it means that we can address our needs at center or small forward by getting Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid.

    • Curt Hays

      I actually disagree…and I love watching Kelly and Sully in green.

  • Frank Aziza

    It’s hard to post on the mobile version of Reds Army.
    Is Love a savior? Not sure, Minnesota should have been better.

    • Curt Hays

      Yeah, half the time the comments section won’t even load. I wonder if we couldn’t just get a Reds Army APP?!! :-)

  • bill_nair

    Top 3 is too much for him. Anything else I say you have to look into it. I’d prefer not to get Love.

  • Jesse Dampolo

    I’d rather have whoever they get Top 3 over Kevin Love.

    • WardenOfTheNorth

      Top 5, keep the pick. Offensively, Love had the 3rd highest PER rating in the league, only behind KD and LeBron. However, he’s a big time liability on defense. The projected players in the top 5 in this year’s draft, are an upgrade defensively over K Love. But he is the “win-now” mentality, especially if they want Rondo here long-term.