I’ll get right into it: I’m fully on board with the Celtics now trading for Kevin Love (Yes, I have watched the NBA finals, and no, I’m not on drugs). While it’s obvious Love has serious defensive deficiencies, and has been neutered and relegated as purely a spot shooter offensively as a member of the Cleveland Lebrons, this is the same guy that averaged 26 and 13 just two years ago in Minnesota. His value is absolutely the lowest it’s ever been, he’s still only 27 (turning 28 in September), and even in a terrible two seasons (by his standards) in Cleveland, has put up 16 and 10 each year, which is far more productive than any big the C’s have had since KG. If Ainge can get this guy for just the #3, and insignificant filler (basically anyone but Crowder, Smart, IT, and Bradley), he’d be crazy not to pull the trigger. Would I prefer Love to Demarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or Jahlil Okafor if all things were equal? In order: Hell no, Bleep no, no freakin way, and maybe. Unfortunately, to net one of the first 3 would take multiple picks, and almost definitely another legit piece or two (the aforementioned Smart and/or Bradley/Crowder/IT). Plus, it’s no certainty they are even available.
As a little cherry on top, its said Kevin Love is still very friendly with Kevin Durant from their time together representing the US in the Olympics. Just sayin’.
Here’s a rehashed three-way deal that has been out there in different forms before (most recently at this year’s trade deadline, which included 2 BK picks and Crowder…thanks for sabotaging his value!) that I think makes a lot of sense for each team involved:
Celtics Receive: Kevin Love (from Cavs)
Knicks Receive: 2016 #3 Overall Draft Pick (from Celtics), Kelly Olynyk (from Celts), James Young (from Celts), Jordan McRae (from Cavs)
Cavs Receive: Carmelo Anthony (from Knicks)
Why the Celtics do it: The C’s get their guy and don’t have to empty the asset chest either. Say what you want about Love, but he immediately puts up 20/10 a night and becomes the best player in green. Not to mention, if anyone can hide/improve on Love’s limitations defensively, it’s Brad Stevens.
Why the Knicks do it: The Knicks need to turn the page on Melo and replenish their draft stock. It was fun for a few years, but didn’t end up working out. Kristaps Porzingas is clearly “the guy” in New York moving forward, and Carmelo is turning 32 and needs to win now. NY gets a couple of low risk young guys, and the #3 pick in the draft, where they can select a dynamic guard to team with their uber-talented 7’3 Latvian.
Why the Cavs do it: Cavs’ star player/coach/GM Lebron finally gets to play with his other BFF, Melo. Does it make them better? Eh, I’d argue probably not. Does it make Lebron happy? Without question. That’s more than enough for Lebron’s hostages…I mean the Cavs’ ownership/front office.
Who says no?
Danny could do a lot worse than this as step 1 of the offseason.
Pick up the damn phone and get Stevens some talent, as we’ve seen thus far in the NBA finals, the East is wide open.
In Ainge We Trust.