Over the weekend, Kevin Love became the most popular name in basketball and his team didn’t even make the playoffs. The Minnesota Timberwolves’ star is fed up with his team — for good reason — and now is already exploring his options as a free agent in the summer of 2015. Aware of the inevitable, the Boston Celtics are ready to make a deal for Love before then.
CBSBoston is reporting the Celtics are putting together a package deal that includes their lottery pick this year for a trade with the Timberwolves to acquire Love. The three-time NBA All-Star is already looking at potentially playing for the Golden State Warriors or Chicago Bulls, but if he’s traded, he won’t have a choice.
The Celtics are actually a decent landing spot for Love and they’d be wise to give up a lottery pick this year for him. This year’s draft is full of players who are young and raw and will need time to develop. Furthermore, the games of these players, such as Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, revolve around them having the ball, which isn’t what the Celtics need because they have a great point guard and ball-handler in Rajon Rondo.
Thus adding a player like Love, who can score in bunches from the post or the perimeter, is ideal because he would be the perfect complement to Rondo. Boston obviously needs more than just those two players to get back into title contention, but Love would be a much better new foundation off which to build than a scrawny young scorer like Wiggins or Parker who will need time to develop, which Rondo doesn’t have.