Kevin Love is the perfect combination of size, strength and skill. That’s why many teams in the league are packaging players and picks to land Love’s services. After a visit to Beantown several weeks ago, rumors have been surfacing that the Boston Celtics may be the ideal spot for love to start the next chapter of his career.
Flip Saunders has made it clear that he doesn’t want to trade Love. That stance may be changing as the 2014 NBA Draft draws closer. The Minnesota Timberwolves have been bad even with Love, so it may be time to move on if they get the right pieces to start the rebuilding process.
Boston has their own first-round pick at six as well as an additional first-rounder from the Brooklyn Nets at No. 17. That package alone might be enough to sway Minnesota to pull the trigger on a deal. They possess the 13th overall pick, gathering three picks in the top 17 will allow them to address several needs with quality players.
If that package isn’t enough, general manager Danny Ainge can also throw in future first-round picks acquired in the deals with the Los Angeles Clippers and Brooklyn. The other option is to mix in an established young player which would mean the Celtics would likely part with either Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk.
As you can see, the Celtics have plenty of options in their pursuit of Love. It may not be a matter of another team coming in at the last moment and making a better offer, instead it would likely depend only on what Boston deal is the best for both sides?
From the Celtics side, having two established stars in Rajon Rondo and Love would make Boston immediate contenders in the weak Eastern Conference. Piecing role players around those two stars could immediately take them from the bottom of the league to yearly playoff contention.
There should be some caution on Boston’s part because there is no guarantee that Love would resign with them long-term. However, the Celtics will have multiple first-round selections to bring in more young quality talent in upcoming years. Even if they sacrifice some of those assets acquiring Love, they still have high picks to fall back on.
I think Rondo and Love would be the best pick and roll combination in the NBA. With some years together, they might be able to rival what John Stockton and Karl Malone did together.
This deal may be the perfect storm for each team. It’s just a matter of working out the right package. If the trigger is pulled on this deal, the future for both organizations looks bright.