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Your Morning Dump… Where I’m worried the Nuggets might steal Kevin Love


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.

It has been reported the Celtics have dangled their picks at No. 6 and No. 17 in the 2014 draft, a future first-rounder and young veterans Jared Sullinger and Olynyk to Minnesota. Sorry, but that’s a bunch of junk, primarily because as Boston executive Danny Ainge well knows after working out draft prospects, there’s no guarantee a team that picks sixth will land a better player than the rookie selected 11th.

For starters, the Nuggets could trump Boston by offering Faried, among 28 players picked to the USA men’s national team pool for 2014-16. Sweeten the deal with the No. 11 pick in the first round. The trade could meet league requirements for approval by adding Wilson Chandler and J.J. Hickson to the mix. Saunders and Connelly have the solid relationship to revamp the deal as needed.

Denver Post

Kenneth Faried is the x-factor in the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Of all the names mentioned as trade bait — Klay Thompson, Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk – the 24 year old Faried (13.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 19 PER) is the best player (who also happens to play Love’s position).

The Herald’s Steve Bulpett also reports that Denver would acquire another player – possibly Aron Afflalo – and include him in the deal.

But is Denver really in the mix? Eric Goodman – a sports radio host in Denver – doesn’t believe so:

Goodman also thinks Faried would bolt Minnesota after the two seasons remaining on his contract.

All these rumors surrounding Kevin Love are stressing me out. Fortunately, this should be resolved by draft night next Thursday.

Related: Globe – Celtics offer for Love not among best | CSNNE – Love suitors won’t tip hand early

On Page 2, assistant coach Ron Adams is not going to Golden State.

Not huge news, but I prefer that the respected Adams remain by the side of Brad Stevens for at least another season or two.

And finally, Gregg Popovich shows everyone he can count to five.

Could Pop be mocking LeBron’s infamous, “Not one, not two, not three… ” championship prediction? You bet.

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston – Celtics top 5 draft busts since 78 | Could Lavine hop to Cs?

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  • bill_nair

    They can have Love. I like Faried but the rest of the deals not that great. #6 in this draft nets you Vonleh, Gordon, Smart or Randle. I don’t expect any of them to be on the board at #11. Ya Nick Stauskas or Saric could end up being better but it looks like nothing but 3&D players outside of the top 8. I’d say the CHI and GS deals are better than Denver’s.

    • bob

      Randle I think is over-rated. Short wingspan. Possible surgery candidate, I like the other three. I also like Napier if available with their 2nd pick.

  • NE_Celt

    I def like the idea of Ron Adams sticking by Brad Stevens side for another year or two…I was extremely happy to hear we got him last year because of his experience…it has to be a huge help for Stevens.

    And that vid of Pop = awesome…anything to mock Bron Bron and his stupid “not one, not two” speech is excellent…just makes it better that its Pop doing it haha.

    • bill_nair

      I really didnt want to see Ron leave. Great shooting and defensive coach. We’re going to need him for the next couple of seasons.

  • bill_nair

    Also, Pop is the GOAT.

  • Herman Bubbert

    Hahahaha. Only if the Denver GM has compromising photos of Flip with a sheep. Terrible offer that’s not even close to the Celtics’

  • CFH

    The arguments about draft order continue to crack me up. Of course there’s no GUARANTEE that the team with the better pick will get a better player. Danny didn’t have to work anyone out to know that. Not even Parker/Wiggins/Embiid are guarantees. That doesn’t make draft picks junk, or why the hell was half the league tanking for the best ones?

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  • BillRussell

    If this doesn’t happen for the Celtics by the Draft, do you guys think there is no chance of getting Love?

    • bill_nair

      IF Love isnt traded by draft day I think the Wolves are in a tough position. They dont get a pick or choice in this years draft and it hurts their negotioating position a bit.

    • eddysamson

      Only this year. I have this feeling (similar to the feeling I had about Tom Savage 1-2 months before the NFL draft as a Texans fan) that we’re going to end up with him. If its a trade this year or a free agency a year from now I just think he wants to be part of a franchise with a tradition for winning.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Our offer for Love is “junk” compared to Denver`s…Really???

    Faried vs. Sully in 2013-14 :

    PPG : 13.7 vs. 13.2
    RPG : 8.6 vs. 8.2
    MPG : 27.2 vs. 27.3

    The 6th & 17th picks are somehow worse than the 11th???
    {Not to mention Kelly O.}

    • bill_nair

      Not to mention they were almost giving Faried away for the fantastic Shumpert a few months back.

    • KGino

      also not to mention Sully is 2 years younger.

      And the logic there, I believe, was the 11th pick might as well be the 6th pick because the 11th pick may end up being better than the 6th pick. By this logic, in 2012, there was no difference between drafting Lillard (6th) and Meyers Leonard (11th). HA! If anything, this report reaffirmed my belief Love is coming to Boston.

    • NE_Celt

      Thanks for posting these numbers….I would have actually guessed the numbers would have been a greater split…I love Sully, but Faried has him with athleticism, I mean, the guys nickname is Manimal afterall haha…guess that 3 shot of Sullys actually does help him out haha.

      • Curt Hays

        I held a similar view until RLC posted this.

        However, Jeff Green is athletic too. Doesn’t make him more valuable than the next guy.

  • bill_nair

    “Minnesota owes their 2015 first to Phoenix, but it is protected top 12.”
    Ya, I dont think theyre going to push for the playoffs this year.

  • bob

    Ainge might be just as well off NOT making the trade (unless Minn takes Wallace)! I’d like to see how Sully and Kelly and the Celtics improve next year with the addition of Gordon and Napier.

    • Curt Hays

      Gordon Hayward?

      • bob

        Aaron Gordon, PF, Arizona

  • Curt Hays

    Not related to the article at all:

    A post I found on the Celtics Reddit page from a drunken Lakers fan.

    • bill_nair

      Lol thats hilarious. Hard to agree with my hatred for LA. I hope they stay in the lottery til 2050. But if they’re on top I want us to be the ones to knock them off.

    • NE_Celt

      ahhhhahahaha….that is awesome…thanks for throwing that up…made my afternoon

  • Rich Jensen

    If Denver’s pitch is that they’re going to trade their best player to get Love, why on EARTH would Love re-sign with Denver? What works about the Celtics’ scenario, from Love’s perspective, is that Boston doesn’t have to mortgage its future in order to acquire Love. They’re not going to trade their best player for Love. They’re not going to trade *all* their draft picks for Love. They’re not going to trade all their young prospects for Love.

  • Rich Jensen

    If the Celtics get Kevin Love, then I’m suggesting this new theory as to why the Celtics didn’t land Tim Duncan in ’97:

    His name isn’t Kevin.

    If he were Kevin Duncan, the Celtics would’ve got him.

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