Summer Love-ing? Celtics Could Trade for T-Wolves Star
Fireworks! Give me Fireworks, Wyc!
And no that big thump we all heard on Sunday was not fireworks.
It was the collective jaws of all Celtics fans hitting the pavement on Causeway St. after reading Adrian Wojnarowski’s report from Yahoo! Sports that the Celtics are looking to trade for Minnesot Timberwolves All-Star power forward Kevin Love.
Sources: As Houston plots pursuit of Kevin Love, Boston emerging as intriguing destination for Minny’s All-Star. http://t.co/wYjX98jxna
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 18, 2014
After reaping the benefits from the Kevin Garnett trade in 2007, that resulted in a 2008 championship, it’s like waiting for the sequel to your favorite movie to come out in Boston.
The Love Affair with the big man out of UCLA has been going on for years and now one Celtic fans’ crazy ESPN trade machine deal could actually come true. (I just know that somewhere there are Celtic fans Gino-dancing to the Bee Gees right now.)
In the report it says that both, “Boston and Los Angeles plan to make high-lottery picks in the 2014 NBA draft available in offers for Love.”
But, what happens if the Celtics win the lottery Tuesday night or get into the top three?
Are Celtic fans still in love with the deal when the alternative is Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid?
More importantly, is Danny Ainge?
Wojnarowski writes that, “If Boston moves up and cracks one of the top three spots, general manager Danny Ainge would have a more difficult decision to make on using the pick in a deal for Love.”
But if we hold Ainge to his word from when he talked to SI back in September about tanking, then we already have our answer.
“If Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was out there to change your franchise forever, or Tim Duncan was going to change your franchise for 15 years? That might be a different story,” said Ainge. “I don’t see that player out there.”
OK, Duncan and Kareem aren’t out there, but that’s not the question anymore.
We now have to look at these prospects and see if they are better than or as good as Kevin Love. And guess what?
Wiggins, Parker and Embiid are still once in a decade-like talents and even if they don’t pan out, you have to roll the dice on players like this.
Which is why, to this day, I have no problem with the Portland Trailblazers selecting Greg Oden back in 2007 over Kevin Durant. Sure, Durant was a dynamic scorer, but Oden was a beast at Ohio State and was widely viewed as the next Bill Russell.
You just can’t pass that up.
Kevin Love is just Ainge’s’ trap door to avoid a decision that could potentially turn him into Stu Inman or any of the GM’s that passed on Kobe Bryant in 1996.
Don’t get the wrong idea, though. Love’s game at only 25 years old is something that Boston should welcome with open arms. It’s just not worth passing on the top talent in this year’s draft for.
The talent level falls off after Wiggins, Parker, Embiid and Dante Exum. So if the Celts land right where they are projected to be at No. 5, then Danny can sleep soundly and pull the trigger on this deal.
And even if the Celtics’ lottery woes are behind them and somehow get into the top three, they can still potentially sway Minnesota to trade Love without giving up that pick thanks to our friends over in Brooklyn.
But what hasn’t been mentioned is how all this impacts Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo and his future in Boston.
If Danny fails to get Love and ends up drafting a prospect in the draft, are we now in the same boat as Minnesota?
Rondo becomes a free agent next summer and why would he want to spend the prime of his career on a rebuilding Celtics team when he could be out there competing for another title?
The short answer is he wouldn’t and now the Celtics have to try to trade him to avoid losing him for nothing.
A lot hangs in the balance Tuesday and it should be an exciting day for Celtics fans.
Whichever way the ping pong balls fall it will undoubtedly start a chain reaction that will impact how soon or far away Banner 18 is from the rafters.