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Your Morning Dump… Where Kevin Love is talking, but not about the Celtics

Chuck - Red's Army June 12, 2014 Celtics News, The Morning Dump 16 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.

Asked directly if he wants out of Minnesota, he said, “Uh, my agent is handling everything at this point,” adding when pressed: “I got some advice that six years in the league, I’m 25 years old, I’m hopefully heading into my prime, I’m working as hard as I possibly can and I’m hoping everything works out for all parties involved.”

In a separate Fox Sports interview while doing publicity in Los Angeles for a video game, he was asked about the Wolves’ playoffs chances and answered by referring to his team as “they,” saying: “If they’re healthy, they can do a lot of damage. … I think they’re very close.”

More than a week after he toured Boston to “check out” the city for three days, he reiterated in both interviews that winning is his top priority. “No matter what the outcome is, I just want to end up in a great place where I can win,” Love told ESPN. “In six years, I haven’t made the playoffs yet. That burns me and hurts my heart, so I really want to not be watching guys all the time. I want to be playing [in the playoffs].”

Love can opt out of the final year of a four-year contract he signed in January 2012 and become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015 without the Wolves receiving any compensation.

Boston, Chicago, Golden State, Cleveland, Houston, Phoenix and Sacramento are believed to be among the teams seeking to trade for him before the June 26 draft, a window here that likely would give the Wolves the best leverage to make a deal.

Star Tribune

Kevin Love continues to pave the way out of Minnesota. Now that he’s gone public, I’m wondering about the backlash. Will he face the same wrath as Dwight Howard and Carmelo Anthony?

It was The Big Lead who revealed the stipulation that the Celtics were off limits in interviews. Best to steer clear of any notion of tampering.

Remember the report that had Chicago with the best offer for Love? The alleged offer included Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft. Well, there are new rumors that Chicago is trying to package those picks to move up in the draft. Maybe Chicago has moved on from Love.

On Page 2, Noah Vonleh wants to play some wing.

Vonleh said Wednesday that he can see himself playing some small forward at the NBA level because of his dribbling and shooting talents. Ainge said he envisions Vonleh primarily as a power forward, but watching what Kawhi Leonard has done for the San Antonio Spurs, some teams might just consider the possibility of Vonleh playing some wing.

What Vonleh is trying to do on his workout circuit is show what separates him from the other power forward types — namely Aaron Gordon and Julius Randle — that are expected to be swooped up in the early-to-mid lottery.

“They’re all very different,” said Ainge. “I’ll tell you, Noah put up very good rebounding numbers this year. And he shot well from the 3-point line with limited attempts. And he blocked shots pretty well. So those are obviously very important things, and he’s one of the youngest players in the draft. I want to say third or fourth. He’s still 18 years old. There’s a lot of room for growth.”

ESPN Boston

The more I learn about Noah Vonleh, the more I am intrigued with his game.

But… I just can’t motivate myself to get excited about any draft prospect as long as the option to acquire Kevin Love is real.

In other news, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports Julius Randle will undergo foot surgery follow the draft. He’ll miss about two months.

The other links:

ESPN Boston – Stevens on offseason work: A fun month | MWDN – Rondo anxious to rebound from lost season | CSNNE – Vonleh: No place like home

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  • bill_nair

    Sucks for Randle. Wonder how this will affect his stock. I was excited about Vonleh til his first pre-daft interview. He didnt seemed thrilled about his native team. Maybe I just expected more from the kid. He had nothing but good things to say during his workout though so ill put him back on my board.

    • Curt Hays

      maybe he ends up like Jared Sullinger? awesome, but just a year late to the show.

  • adam

    Doesn’t surprise me that Love took that approach. It saves him from looking like Dwight Howard. Who everyone seems to have forgotten about now.

    • Curt Hays

      I agree. If I was in his spot, I’d be saying good things about every team…well except for the Lakers. The Lakers can suck it…and the Yankees.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Assuming Boston can`t get Love….Randle`s foot slipping him to 6th would make last years` tank worthwhile.

    Vonleh, Smart, Gordon = Thanks, but NO thanks!

    • JT

      Exactly. I don’t get why people are completely forgetting about Randle. So strong and has more drive than any of those other players.

    • eddysamson

      I disagree, I think we do want Smart out of those. Randle first, though.

      • Curt Hays

        I agree with @jerrysondler:disqus that smart is a bit large for his position.

        • RedsLoveChild

          I`d have no problem with the Pats drafting Smart, as a short-yardage RB inside the 5 yard line.

          I just don`t want to see him as a Celtic.

          • Curt Hays

            What about Big Baby?

          • RedsLoveChild

            Baby is another example of a guy built more for football….but, had no desire to deal with the punishing physical nature of the NFL.

  • JT

    His mom just came out and reported that there is no surgery scheduled, someone completely made that up.

  • wil

    I see why Celtics would want Aaron Gordon, young kid with good basket ball iq. That alone gives him better potential than Jeff Green.

    If Aaron Gordon has the desire to get better and better then he’d be a good pick he will have a way better career than Jeff Green if he grinds it out.