Bill Simmons had this to say about Kevin Love:
Well, aren’t you better off keeping Rondo — one of the league’s 15 to 20 best players when healthy — and finding him an All-Star teammate? Enter Kevin Love. They did it in 2007 with Paul Pierce and they could easily do it again: by paying a premium price for a second All-Star, suddenly it becomes MUCH easier to get that third All-Star. The Celtics couldn’t have convinced KG to play with just Pierce … but Ray Allen and Paul Pierce? The rest was history.
His trade was Bass/Bogans and BOTH our 1st rd picks this year, plus a future pick for Love.
My trade would be just the 2014 pick in the 4-7 range this year, Sully, the better 2015 pick between C's/Clips and the '16 unprotected pick from the Nets.
Love signs an extension with Boston for the max (like 5/100). The Celtics keep Avery for 5/35 or match a team up 4/30. C's wait on Rondo until next summer and RR takes a 'discount' and stays here for 5 years 70 million. They'll have Olynyk (3) one '14 pick (2) and one '15 1st rd pick (1.5)on the payroll when Durant becomes a free agent summer of '16.
The cap will keep going up as the NBA is making gobs of money. Say, 68 million cap that summer. 46 million in salaries committed to Love (28), Rondo (30), Avery (26), Olynyk (24), and 3 young guys under 23 ('16 1st rd pick as well). Durant would have to pull a Howard and want to be on the Celtics 4 years 88 million over staying with the Thunder for 5 years 130 million.
I think that is Ainge's plan.