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Usual suspects still in the mix for Kevin Love

Chuck - Red's Army June 15, 2014 Rumors 36 Comments

 

Chicago appears to be active on multiple fronts. We heard they are trying to package the 16th and 19th picks to move up in the draft. We also know they are interested in signing Carmelo Anthony. They can’t move on Love and Anthony. To sign Melo, the Bulls have to, “amnesty the contract of Carlos Boozer and unload forward Taj Gibson and at least one more player,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Houston could also shift its focus from Love to Melo. There’s this report that Daryl Morey knows he doesn’t have the assets to compete with other teams:

Including the Lakers on a list of potential trade partners is preposterous, but the media refuses to dismiss them.

As Celtics fans, we need to be most concerned about the Warriors and Cavs, provided Cleveland is willing to move the #1 pick in this draft.

Sullinger, Bass, Bogans, #6, and a future Nets 1st rounder. Maybe Olynyk, too.

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  • Thatguy

    Aww man… I really hope that if we do trade for Love, we get to keep Olynyk at least.

    • CP37

      I wouldn’t mind keeping Kelly in addition to taking Kevin Martin off their hands, then trade for Asik and resign Bradley & Bayless.

      • Thatguy

        What do you think it’d take to get Asik from Houston’s hands? And how far would that push us in the playoffs?(Because I definitely think a Rondo/Love combo can put us in the playoffs)

        • CP37

          Rondo + Love = Playoffs indeed
          I could see a Rondo-Love duo with Asik and Bradley among other getting to the 2nd round. As for getting Asik from Houston, it should be easier now that they’re chasing Melo: http://www.celticslife.com/2014/06/how-carmelo-anthony-going-to-houston.html

          • Thatguy

            That link made my day so far, thanks man. (Now if the Spurs win, that’ll make the rest of my day)

            I’m expecting both Rondo and Bradley to be improved shooters next year. And Stevens is the kind of guy that can put these pieces together. Just gotta believe that Ainge will find a way to pull this off.

          • adam

            We do have a huge trade exception to use that I am sure they would love.

          • CP37

            Yup, and If they do succeed in luring Melo to H-Town, I’d like DA to inquire into getting Parsons in a green jersey as well.

  • CP37

    Well we’ve heard rumblings that Love isn’t too enamored with Cleveland and also heard that GS isn’t high on the idea of moving Klay Thompson. Hopefully this ends on draft night with Love as a Celtic, even if it takes 3-4 first rounders, DO IT DANNY!

  • Dirk Diggler

    As long as Avery Overrated is not resigned, it will be a successful offseason for us Celtics fans.

    • LA Flake

      Huh? Wha-?

      • Dirk Diggler

        I’ve watched far too many 4-13 shooting nights from Bradley. His defense is also neutralized at SG because he is soo undersized for the position. His PER was the worst among all “regular players” on the Celtics outside of Gerald Wallace in 2014. His plus/minus (while I acknowledge the flaws with the stat) was consistently terrible throughout the season for what it’s worth. Oh, and he has been unable to stay healthy over the course of an 82 game season and at a young age. He is a decent bench piece at best. We’re all Celtics fans here, but even then I wonder as to why he is SO highly regarded.

        • KGino

          He can have his off nights shooting, but he does shoot at a decent clip. He won’t be shooting as much as last year once we have more legitimate pieces.

          He is highly regarded and beloved because of his ELITE defense, which is NOT neutralized by his height (he perennially allows the LEAST points per possession and his opponents shoot under 33%. Take 2013 for example, the Celtics were 14th in defensive efficiency before bradley came back. After he came back, we vaulted up to 2nd. He allowed .067 points per possession for one stretch (good for 2nd in the entire NBA) and allowed opponents to shoot just 31%.) Those numbers don’t lie.

          His PER was a little convoluted since he wasn’t playing his natural position for awhile there. When healthy, this kid IS a starter and someone you need on a championship team (THREE & D). The best knock you made on him was his inability to stay healthy, and that’s the only reason we should let him walk if he demands more than $6 mil.

  • http://www.seandreilly.com/ Sean

    Only team that can offer a better deal than the Celtics is the Cavs. I have been saying this all along. They have the #1 pick which is by far the most valuable asset. Plus they could give them a young promising player like Dion Waiters. Golden State only has solid players they could offer like David Lee and Barnes. Im not as worried about them as I am the Cavs. Its going to come down to if they offer that #1 pick.

    • CP37

      Kevin Love isn’t big on Cleveland and I would think that Golden State would have to pony up Klay Thompson as well right?

      • KGino

        Does cleveland have the kahonies to pass on possibly the next Hakeem the Dream, for a proven all star commodity in Love, though? I don’t think I’d do it.

  • LA Flake

    The Melo situation is so full of awesome. The Knicks and Phil Jax get screwed. If Melo goes to Houston, they’ll have two of the biggest ball hogs on the same team. It’ll implode. Oh, I’d feel bad for Kevin McHale if Houston signs Melo. But it will mean Asik will get dumped and guess who can take on his salary? Us!

  • Suarez

    It’s gonna take more than two first-rounders. At least three, probably four picks.

    • Rjd12345

      Definitely agree. It’ll take at least 3 first rounders, and even then we could get outgunned by one of these teams. Good thing we got plenty of picks to offer.

  • Frank Aziza

    I would also love to keep Kelly… After watching the Spurs I love a big that can play like a point guard.

  • romeo0119

    Hoping for the spurs to win today, I live in Florida, would love to see all these fake ass Miami fans to disappear

    • Thatguy

      You’re a Floridan too?

      It’s a real struggle, isn’t it?

      • romeo0119

        Yep, u know how it is, few years ago it was all about Orlando magic and now it’s the heat. Can’t stand those fans

        • Thatguy

          Oh man. I used to live 2 hours from Orlando a couple years back too. That was when Dwight took them to the finals. Never heard the end of it. Then I moved about 45 minutes north of Miami, that’s when Lebron and co. won their first championship, and I didn’t hear the end of them.

          I really want to move to Boston. Go to a Celtics game. It’s my goal in life.

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    One team that no one has mentioned, but has possibly the strongest chance of getting Love is the Detroit Pistons. They have plenty of assets to offer such as Josh Smith, who although not as big a scorers as Love, can provide the interior defense and toughness that the TWolves lacked last season. Or they can keep J-Smoove for another deal They could also offer up Greg Monroe, who many project to be an All Star Big Man in a sign and trade deal. Either way, both options are certainly more tantalizing than anything the Celtics can offer.

    • KGino

      I think the #6 pick is probably more tantalizing than Josh Smith or Greg Monroe, at least to me is it, in this year’s draft

      • Slap Dog Hoops

        I don’t know about that. The draft is a crapshot that can net a boom or bust whereas getting an already established veteran player woud have even more value for a team trying to get out of the lottery.

        • KGino

          Monroe doesn’t play any D. Josh Smith is a terribly frustrating player to watch that is maybe your 3rd wheel on a championship caliber big 3 (at best). Both already have giant contracts. So yeah, I’d be willing gamble on the pick (remember, they wouldn’t get paid anywhere near as much as those two players you mentioned for a long time, allowing you to add more depth to your team).

    • chuckmckenney

      Josh Smith has almost zero value. Coming off an awful season and has 3 years, $40 mil on his contract. Monroe is talented but the real key in this scenario is would Love want to resign in Detroit?

      • Slap Dog Hoops

        I disagree with that because just because a player has one off season, it does not mean that he has zero value. Josh Smith spent his entire season playing out of position at SF which really hurt his game. As for Kevin Love wanting to resign in Detroit,, why not? I’m sure that having an experienced playoff hardened coach such as Stan Van Gundy will help convince him to stay, certainly moreso than what’s his name that currently coaches the Celtics.

  • Celtic Bro

    If a kevin love thing happens, I’d love to see kevin martin as our sg over bradley

    • Celtic Bro

      And if we can somehow keep the 6th pick, even better. We can draft aaron gordon and insert the defense we need to make up for having martin and love on the floor.

      • KGino

        Rondo, Kmart, and Love…. Sounds like we’ll be bottom of the barrel in defensive efficiency then. Why are people so blinded by offense? There is ZERO chance Kmart over Bradley leads to more wins. That being said, he would be a great backup for when AB gets hurt

        • Celtic Bro

          That’s what aaron gordon is for. And we can easily sign cheaper defensive specialists like sefolosha or ronnie brewer

          • KGino

            yea I guess… The major flaws in that argument tho are that a.) there’s no way we get love and don’t give up our 6th pick for him (which means we wouldn’t have Gordon) and b.) Even if we did get Gordon we shouldn’t be relying on a rookie to carry the defensive load… He’d probably need at least a couple years to be ready for that

          • Celtic Bro

            The aaron gordon plan is just a hypothetical pipe dream scenario that won’t happen. But realistically speaking, we might be able to get sefolosha/brewer and k-mart. I’d take those two over bradley any day.

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