The idea of Kevin Love in a Celtics uniform may be closer to reality than the pipe dream it’s been among Boston fans on talk radio the last few seasons, according to a Yahoo! Sports report.
The Celtics are “an increasingly intriguing destination” for the Wolves superstar, Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Love’s representatives are pushing for Minnesota to trade the 25-year-old before he opts out of his contract at the end of the 2015 season. Depending on where the Celtics land in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery, their first-round-pick in June’s draft could form the centerpiece for a deal bringing Love to Boston.
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Boston is the sleeper gathering momentum in a process that is still beginning to unfold. The three top prospects in the draft – Kansas’ Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins and Duke’s Jabari Parker – could become franchise cornerstone players in the NBA. Nevertheless, Boston has multiple picks to offer in the next several years as part of a total package for Love, as well as the salary-cap space to perhaps take back an unwanted contract from Minnesota. Love’s agent Jeff Schwartz and Ainge have a strong relationship and a good working history. Ainge helped another Schwartz client, Paul Pierce, get to a preferred trade destination in Brooklyn a year ago. The Celtics believe they can sell Love on becoming the next big Celtics star, and all the adulation that comes with that for a franchise that has won 17 NBA championships.
The Lakers, Rockets, Bulls, Suns, and Warriors are also possible landing spots for Love. What would it take for the Celtics to get Love? Boston.com’s basketball writers weighed in here. Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Wolves last season. He has never made the playoffs.