Kevin Love is back in Boston, but this time he’s on a business trip.
Love had the region buzzing after making a widely publicized visit to the city back in May, fueling hope that the Celtics would be able to acquire the disgruntled superstar in a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Those hopes dimmed quickly though as Timberwolves president Flip Saunders was not happy with the package of prospects and draft picks the Celtics offered in a potential deal before the NBA Draft. Instead Saunders opted to flip Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for a better deal which featured Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a future first round pick.
Love is back in town to face the Celtics tonight at the TD Garden, but the big man spoke with reporters today at the Cavs’ shootaround. Here are a few highlights of the interview, including reflecting on his visit to Boston, his interaction with Rajon Rondo and what he thinks of this current Celtics team.
On meeting with Rondo at Fenway Park: “Like he said, it was all of 38 seconds or whatever the number he put on there. I saw him over the summer a couple times and said hello, but it was just in passing. He’s been great. I thought he was going to be out a little more with his hand, but he’s been able to come back and make a big presence known.
Was he surprised the trip to Boston got so much attention? “Oh sure. It’s the world we live in now though, stuff like that can happen. The fact is, my agent is a big Red Sox fan. We had been planning on that trip a long time to check out, not only the city, but a Red Sox game. We had a great time and we plan on coming back.”
Did he seriously considering joining the Celtics? “I don’t know. It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer. [I have the] potential to be a free agent this summer or next. It’s one of those things. It’s a tremendous city. People love it here. Basketball and sports in general are huge here.”
On rumors he’s considering opting out of his contract to join the Lakers next summer: “Going to the Lakers, no. I don’t know where someone got that.”
On what he thinks of the Celtics rebuild thus far: “I think Brad Stevens is an awesome coach. He has guys on this team that are talented. I like [Kelly] Olynyk’s game, [Jared] Sullinger, Jeff Green, I’ve always been a big fan of Rondo as well. They have good guys on this team and they are going to be able to figure it out as they accumulate more talent. Like I said, I’m a big fan of Brad Stevens and what they do here, plus they have a great fanbase.”