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Report: Boston Celtics and others plan to offer 2014 pick for Kevin Love

I’m not sure when Adrian Wojnarowski sleeps, but apparently it’s not at night. Around 4 am, he posted this on Yahoo! Sports regarding the Timberwolves future and Kevin Love trade rumors.

The Boston CelticsGolden State WarriorsLos Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns are among many teams determined to make hard runs at trades for Love, league sources said. Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA Draft available in offers for Love, sources said.

No team is likely to trade for Love without an assurance that he’ll commit to a five-year, $100 million maximum contract extension. Despite a belief that Love prefers Los Angeles or New York as a potential destination, he’s open to deals in other markets where he can be part of an immediate contender, sources said.

This isn’t a surprise, but it IS huge to hear it from a source as reliable as Woj. Let’s break it down briefly.

First of all, the Celtics are at a bit of a disadvantage here in that A) they aren’t one of Love’s preferred destinations and B) they aren’t likely to be a contender immediately upon trading for him. That being said, Love isn’t an idiot. He would realize that teaming up with Rajon Rondo might very well attract a third star at some point who would see Rondo/Love as a fun combo to play with. He wouldn’t become an immediate contender, but he would probably immediately be a playoff team in the Eastern Conference, and he would definitely make the Celtics an attractive free agent option.

As trade partners with the Timberwolves, the Celtics have an advantage over everyone among the four teams Woj listed, with the possible exception of Phoenix. The Lakers can offer their pick and very little else. The Warrriors can offer Harrison Barnes and David Lee, which would be a horrendously disappointing haul for Love. But Phoenix could offer a lot of young talent in addition to a plethora of future picks. If worst came to worst, the Suns could even include Eric Bledsoe or Goran Dragic, which would be painful for the Suns after this year’s success but worth it for a top-level talent like Love.

But Boston’s deal would have the promise of a top-6 lottery pick in addition to plenty of later picks if necessary, and that very well might trump a Bledsoe/Dragic deal. The Wolves have an abysmal draft history, but that was under David Kahn, and there’s a new administration in place that might like to try its hand evaluating talent. Whether or not there actually is franchise-changing talent at the top of the draft this year, the potential exists. That potential might make the Celtics’ pick more valuable than anything concrete Phoenix can offer.

All of this, of course, remains to be seen. But at the end of the season, Danny Ainge said he would be exploring all of his options in the offseason, and things are beginning to move. The 2014 offseason promises to be a lot more exciting than the regular season.

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  • hax

    Green, Sullinger, Bogans, Clippers 2015 1st rounder, 76’ers 2015 first rounder(becomes two 2nd rounders if 76’ers miss the playoffs).

    And if needed, our non-lottery 1st rounder this year. Even less stuff if we drop our lottery pick. That is a massive haul for the Wolves, one that I doubt other teams could outbid(without making their team worse) easily.

    Another thing to keep in mind. The 4 teams mentioned, only the Celtics are in the east. Love never sniffed the playoffs and he knows that is beginning to stack up on his resume. If he joins the Celtics, he -will- make the playoffs next season.

    I just hope we don’t get a hype train of Love rumors then end up loveless.

    • Ghost of Garden Past

      Z-E-R-O zero, chance they move him without the Celtics giving up this year’s top pick. Anyone who thinks otherwise needs to take off Kelly Green tinted glasses.

      Cross your fingers on Tuesday night for a top 3 pick. Flip that pick, Sullinger, a future pick or two and then maybe we’d get close. Bring back Paul, get Rondo healthy, sign Bradley to a cap-friendly deal and volia: A second round playoff exit here we come!

      • hax

        I feel like we have a LOT more options than this.
        Also, good news. Report today says Love wants nothing to do with the Wolves extension offer!

    • BlowfishAndTheHootie

      I think the Celts will need to include their 2014 pick, I really can’t see how the 1st paragraph offer could possibly be the most enticing offer the Wolves will get.

      Love should definitely look to get into the East, which can’t hurt the Cs chances.