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Report: Celtics will either get Kevin Love or likely trade Rajon Rondo

Jun 20, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

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Their top player can become an unrestricted free agent in 2015, and he’s not pleased about missing the playoffs. No doubt, they should seriously address the situation this summer before it’s too late.

The Timberwolves and Celtics are in the same boat.

Kevin Love’s desire to escape Minnesota is definitely stronger, but Rajon Rondo might not be long for Boston if the Celtics don’t improve next season.

So, the Celtics are trying to solve both teams’ problems at once – giving the Timberwolves compensation for their disgruntled star and themselves a better chance of making their star happy. If that fails…

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If the Celtics cannot get Love, they are planning to continue with the longer and more methodical rebuilding process, a process that would likely see Rajon Rondo traded. (An NBA source said they would also have a taker for Jeff Green if they chose to move him.)

So far, according to a source, they have offered the Nos. 6 and 17 picks in this year’s draft, Kelly Olynyk and one of their own future No. 1 picks. They also own two more first-rounders from the Nets and one from the Clippers after this season, and the Celts are said to be certainly willing to discuss different combinations of their assets.

But, and this is important to note, they and the Timberwolves had, as of yesterday, yet to engage in anything resembling a true back-and-forth negotiation.

Obviously, this means a lot is at stake for the Celtics in their negotiations with the Timberwolves.

Whether or not Boston was in good position to land Love, the Warriors made the task much harder by offering to trade Klay Thompson. Increasingly, indications are the Timberwolves want at least one player capable of producing immediately. In that sense, Thompson blows Olynyk and Jared Sullinger – and any Celtic other than Rondo – out of the water.

This very well could be the another domino toward Boston trading Rondo.

Of course, that’s true only if the Celtics want it to be. They’ve obviously caught Love fever and are willing to put a lot of effort into acquiring him, but if Minnesota deals him elsewhere or keeps him, there’s still plenty of time to find a new target.

Rondo, 28, is young enough to remain good when the Celtics are next competitive. But he’s also old enough and competitive enough that he might seek greener pastures, passing up the larger contract Boston can offer, as a free agent this summer.

The Celtics should either get him help or trade him while they can still get compensation. Love is an answer, though not the only one. Armed with draft picks, Boston can deal for immediate help beyond Love.

But, yes, if the Celtics fail to land Love, their prospects of keeping Rondo grow dimmer.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    I suppose this was the dichotomy we all expected. And to think I just got a Kelly Olynyk t-shirt jersey. I suppose what I am most curious about is, who is the take for Jeff Green and what are the offering?

    • pharohislife - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

      Wizards have been trying to get him for the last couple of years.

      • bealwithit - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

        Zach Lowe said mentioned it one time in a Grantland article and just about every Boston news site referred to it.

        Things like that make me question sports reporting when every headline reads Report: Wizards have “long liked Jeff Green” but the only source is one guy mentioning how the Wizards liked him.

        Not saying it isn’t true, but I just thought it was funny how every Boston site ran with it.

  2. cluelessdufus - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    I understand they want a established player, but 3 firsts and Olynk is pretty good. You aren’t going to get what the nuggets got for Carmelo. I guess its on what they want to do now, are they in win now mode or are they rebuilding around a young Rubio?

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      Olynyk puts them somewhere in the middle which I think is there concern. Watching him play in the second half, he was clearly getting the game at the NBA level. I just don’t know who he is yet.

      Nuggets haul for Carmelo essentially turned over the Nuggets roster and screwed Carmelo. It was the perfect trade.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Melos got the Knicks past the Celtics in the playoffs for the first time in years. It was a good trade for the Knicks from that perspective. New Yawk sucks, anyway, as do the Knicks.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        Melos = Melo

      • jcmeyer10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:30 AM

        I suppose three extra home games was worth it? I dunno. They are back at square one a couple years later. I just don’t see that as worth it personally.

        We can agree to disagree.

      • bkbell3 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Other than a first round pick that is an unknown what did Denver actually get for melo. Let’s see, hmm,ah Galinari was supposed to be the big piece and he was always hurt for the knicks and hasn’t hardly played for Denver because of injuries. Felton was traded for andre miller and felton is back with the knicks and miller is in Washington, Chandler, who i like went to china then came back and had been hurt off and on and now is on the trading block. Mozgof pretty much hasn’t gotten off the bench except a little this year because of injuries. So what did they really get for a top ten player in the league?

  3. greatmiamisportsmind - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    If I’m the Wolves, I want #6 and at least both of the Nets picks. Those picks are unprotected, and I don’t see them being good any time soon. Especially if they trade Deron Williams, like what is rumored. That could be 3 high lottery picks.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:53 AM

      As a Celtics fan, if that’s the bounty, I’ll sit through a couple more bad seasons.

      • mornelithe - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        Agreed, I’m perfectly content with Ainge being frugal with the pieces they currently have.

    • johnheisman - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      You get none of the Nets picks and like it.

  4. kb2408 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    An unproven big man and draft picks does not trump a “proven” player. I believe Love is only using Boston to get Golden St. to up the anty. If he can play with Steph, Iggy and the Big Aussie it is a no brainer. And the kicker is, it’s Cali!

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 20, 2014 at 11:21 AM

      Kicker is it’s Northern Cali.

      • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        That much closer to home for KLove.

  5. TheMorningStar - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    Love will be taking his talents to Oakland.

    Let’s see how the draft plays out prior to bidding Rondo adios.

  6. mcfleezy12 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM


  7. 00maltliquor - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    I don’t know about y’all but the Celtics package looks the best, almost by far. Even better then the Warriors.

    • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:30 PM

      As a Wolves fan I agree. I don’t know very much about Olynyk, but I certainly don’t want to give up our pick, and feel that if we’re going to trade Love, then we need to get good young players for cheap and use the extra cap room to lure some of the upper level talent to Minny.

      It sucks, but I’m seeing that you pretty much need to get players that only care about the money up here. Nobody else seems to want to build a legacy for themselves. They just want to go play somewhere that they can tag-along and hope for a championship.

  8. jazz11001 - Jun 20, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Flip is fooling all of you. In the end Rondo goes to Sota and in a sign and trade after getting commitment from Love thst he resigns and Rubio to Boston with the 13th and shabazz.

    • dluxxx - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      I don’t know what you’re smoking but I want some. Also, if that trade happened, I’d be very very happy.

      • jazz11001 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:44 PM

        Straight gank but you know Flip doesn’t want to lose Love and Rubio is not a Flip pg. He can’t score. Flip would trade Ricky before love

    • tcstunner - Jun 21, 2014 at 6:06 AM

      Hahahahahahahaha!!! Thanks for the laugh. That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. At no point in your incoherent rambling did you even come close to a rational thought. Everyone on this board is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points and may God have mercy on your soul;)

  9. bealwithit - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Rondo has to prove he can stay healthy and still be a top PG without 3 other HOF players on his team before he can get angry at the Celtics and leave.

    His best chance at a successful career is to wait things out with the Celtics the way Paul Pierce did. If he leaves the Celtics next year for some other team I don’t think he would be the same star he used to be.

  10. johnheisman - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    These trade Rondo rumors every 5 minutes for years have to stop. There is no benefit for the Celtics in trading him and he is best the point guard they have had since Cousy. I think he will dominate next year, just like he does in the playoffs. In addition, the places that Rondo would resign if traded are minimal. He would need to go to a contender or a big city market that will try to make a splash to improve and that lacks a point guard. In my opinion the potential list is:
    He already said as a Celtic the Heat and Lakers are not for him. The Knicks are terrible the Mavericks average and I don’t see him getting traded to the Pacers or resigning there if he was traded. That leaves the Rockets and they are after other free agents.

    I say Rondo remains a Celtics and we are lucky to have him!

    • bowltr - Jun 20, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      Sorry but I’ll take DJ and Tiny over Rondo. Ainge too.
      Rondo= Overated

  11. tfyjman - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    Rondo is just as good as those guys were if not better at being a point guard. For crying out loud DR wasn’t even a point guard in Phoenix/Seattle, and Tiny wasn’t a life long member of the Celtics.

  12. ghelton03 - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    Ainge has taken a city and team that everyone wants to play for, to a place where stars do not want to go. If I were Love, no way in hell would I go to Boston and have to deal with Ainge and Rondo.

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