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Report: Celtics moving on from Kevin Love pursuit

Jul 23, 2014, 7:49 PM EDT

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Not long ago, the Celtics were the leading contender for Kevin Love.


Considering a follow-up report said Boston’s offer wasn’t good enough, the Timberwolves were probably just trying to drum up interest.

Since, interest in Love has really heated up. The Cavaliers, willing to offer Andrew Wiggins, are the main contenderand they’re growing stronger. The Warriors, as long as they have Klay Thompson, remain in the mix. And the Bulls aren’t going away either.

So the Celtics – whose offer is based primarily on draft picks that may or may not interest the win-now Timberwolves – see the writing on the wall.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Northwest:

There’s no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell

“The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack,” a source said on Wednesday. “Danny’s a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on.”

Remember, a report said the Celtics would trade Rajon Rondo if they couldn’t get Love. That prospect certainly gets a lot more interesting now.

Rondo becomes a free agent next summer, and the Celtics probably aren’t much closer to winning than they were last season. This is the time to get value for Rondo. Another year of rebuilding won’t endear Boston to Rondo and just increases the chances of him walking.

First-round picks Marcus Smart and James Young and the unguaranteed contracts of Keith Bogans, Chris Johnson, Chris Babb and Phill Pressey give the Celtics flexibility to go in any direction. With Love no longer central to their plans – though they could still get involved if the Love trade adds a third team – it’ll be interesting to see which path they choose.

  1. general74 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    If the Celtics are going to try and trade Rondo of the teams that project to be good next year I would say only Houston and Miami would be in the running for his services and neither of them really have much to give up for him, so its not really looking good for Boston to get a great deal in a Trade for him. This is one of those cases I think they would be better off waiting until mid season and hopefully for them a PG on a contender goes down.

    • scorp16 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:09 PM

      I would throw Indiana in that mix as well. And the Pacers are shopping Hibbert.

      • patfic5 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:58 PM

        Yeah, but who wants a 7ft. guy who sucks?

      • kindasporty - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        “Yeah, but who wants a 7ft. guy who sucks?”

        This is the NBA. A lot of teams do.

    • sumkat - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Does Rondo have a NTC (for all i know, he could)? If not, why would Boston care if the team trading for him was going to be able to contend next year? You would think a team like that would step up with an offer, and it’s a bit of a gamble for a team that not in contending position to trade for him (will he re-sign when his deal is up? will he be a malcontent? it’s on thing for him to be on a bad Boston team that’s being re-built around him, it’s another to be on some other franchise’s bad team). But he’s young enough that you would think a team that’s not exactly a contender would make a play for him. Or a mid tier team that thinks they can become a contender with him (correctly or not).

      I think the media (and Boston fans even more) overestimate the kind of package they will get back for Rondo, but I think if it’s made known he’s on the block, they will have no shortage of offers. Just a matter of if those offers are good enough in the Celtics view. IMHO, if those kind of deal were available, Rondo would already be gone

  2. mornelithe - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    “This is the time to get value for Rondo.”

    Uh, no. Right now is the exact wrong time to deal Rondo, hell the only worse time to have dealt him was right after him coming back from knee surgery, when nobody knew how he’d look. The C’s will look to allow Rondo to rebuild his value during the opening months of the season, and then very likely pull the trigger on a trade when his value has gone up. Trading Rondo now would be stupid.

    • milimpilim - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      I agree, his stock is low now.

    • casualcommenter - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:47 PM

      Yeah, Rondo took awhile to re-adjust last year before finishing his final 8 games or so on a strong note.

      I think now is a good time to put the word out that Rondo is available, but the best time to trade him is around January – that gives him over 2 months early in the season to demonstrate to teams that he’s fully healthy but leaves enough time for a new team to incorporate him into their lineup before making a playoff push from February until the end of the season.

      It’s very unlikely that an opposing GM would bid big on Rondo based on a limited sample of good games after coming back from serious injury.

  3. titansbro - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Trade deadline is almost always the best to time to trade away a good player.

  4. seasickcecil - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    That is of course if the player can stay healthy. If he can’t they get nothing.

  5. kingperk123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:05 PM

    Thank God…now trade green and Wallace

    • pukpokito - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM


  6. titansbro - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    Trade errbody!

  7. bigwii - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Trade for Monroe.

  8. casualcommenter - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    The fact that the Wolves want players that help them win now rather than help them rebuild hurts the Celtics since what they mainly have to offer is a ton of future draft picks and several young players with decent potential.

    Unless Rondo signals that he’s perfectly happy with another rebuilding year, and would stick around next year even if the Celtics don’t land a star in the 2015 offseason, the Celtics have to trade him though. You can’t let a star player leave for nothing as an unrestricted free agent.

    • sumkat - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      The fact that the Wolves want guy that can help them win now does hurt Boston, it also hurt the Wolves. They aren’t going to get more impact right now from any package they get then they will with Love on the roster.

      If they were in the East, I could see trying to add a few OK players and sneaking into the playoffs. But they weren’t making it in the West with Love, they certainly aren’t making it without him. I dont’ think Boston could offer the best package, I think the best package that is going to be offered begins and ends with Wiggins. But outside of that, I think they SHOULD have as good a chance as anyone. I just don’t get why the Wolves want “win now” guys, when they can’t get enough of them to win now in the west anyway

  9. jrob23 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:06 AM

    Celtics improved big time this offseason by adding substantially to their depth (Turner, Smart, Zeller, Young) and they will have healthy Olynyk (who morons think can’t play but the dude had plantar fasciitis all season), Sullinger, and Rondo. So healthy productive starters and improved depth. The East is weak and as it stands now Boston can be one of the playoff teams. As a reminder, Rondo is a legit top 3 PG in the league. How quickly some of you haters forget

    • bdachan12 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:32 AM

      Aint no one outside of people in Boston think Rondo is a top 3 guard.

  10. themagicfanguy - Jul 24, 2014 at 5:36 AM

    @bda Just the ones outside of Boston who actually watch a ball game every now and then think he is.

  11. general74 - Jul 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

    Rondo doesn’t have a NTC but teams aren’t going to trade the house to have him for a year. Thats why I was talking about contending teams being the ones to go after him because they would have a chance to sign him long term. The teams that could possibly sign him long term are going to be willing to give up more than the teams that won’t be able to sign him long term. Another team that may be able to make a run at Rondo and be able to lock him up long term other than the 2 i previously talked about in Miami and Houston, New York may be able to swing something for Rondo as well but not sure how well he fits with Melo as both players dominate the ball.

  12. dadawg77 - Jul 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    I not sure it possible, but Rondo for Irving would be a great move for both teams. I think Rondo would handle the point and secondary scoring option better than Irving. Irving is a better scorer which is what Boston needs.

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