In response to scubber's comment:
IMO, what we have to offer as a package matters very little. Where Love wants to go trumps just about everything just like when we got KG. We will have Rondo (maybe) and a bunch of picks this summer but we will still be basically a bottom dweller in the league, does that float Love boat? We won't have anything equivalent or closed to Paul Pierce and Ray Allen on the team. So yeah, I have a problem with Simmons logic here.
Two three years later after we draft a few decent players, then we might be able to make such move. It took Ainge 5 years to be able to do that deal with KG if we kind of forget what actually happened.
I agree that what we can offer means nothing if Love doesn't want to come here. As kdp59 said, attack Simmons, not me, if you think there is no way Love agrees to play for the Celtics.
Simmons also had this to say:
If this were a poker table, the Celtics would have the biggest stack of chips right now. If any current NBA player appreciates stuff like “Celtic Pride,” “That’s a great organization that looks out for its dudes” and “wearing the same jersey that Russell and Bird wore,” it’s Kevin Love.
Simmons predicts he ends up in LA like most of this board does.
I just think the Celtics will still have a lot of assets left and be in a very good place to make Kevin Love agree to come here. Remember, the Ray Allen move bumped the Celtics from a bottom dweller to a 1st rd playoff team, but without KG they would not have been title contenders.
A trade for Love would bump the Celtics from a 'tanking' team, better than the 5-10 range they end up, to a 2nd rd playoff team, which is FAR better than any situation Love has been in before in his career. But yes, he would have to be patient and wait until the 2017 playoffs, when he is 4 months shy of his 29th birthday, to contend for a title. He'd still be 2 years younger than Pierce was, the youngest of our new big 3, when the C's contended in '08. Rondo will 3-4 months past his 31st birthday then, which is still younger than KG and Ray were in 2008.