So I wanted to take the chance to address an issue that has gotten a lot of buzz recently, both nationally and locally in Boston. Many of us know that Kevin Love never signed an extension with Cleveland last offseason after the Timberwolves traded him in return for a package centered around Andrew Wiggins. He only verbally agreed to a tentative deal, which basically means nothing. Love was spotted at Fenway early last summer with Rajon Rondo (whose been having problems of his own lately). However these talks died down for a while once the trade was completed. Throughout the season, however, there were a lot of rumors floating around that Kevin Love was not keen on playing third wheel to LeBron and Irving. Many experts also say that he is not the ideal fit at the four spot in their system. Moreover, many believe that Love simply just does not like the city of Cleveland.
These rumors have resurfaced as of late after his season-ending injury. At a minimum, he will be out four months. However, there are other teams that have a significant interest in acquiring Love. The Los Angeles Lakers have been rumored and appear to be the frontrunner, as they have the most cap space and Love is a native of Santa Monica. The New York Knicks also have some cap space and may potentially try to make a run at him, but the fit with Carmelo Anthony is very suspect. The Celtics seem like the most logical destination aside from the Lakers for a variety of reasons. First I want to address the idea that the Celtics blew their chances when Love and Olynyk got tangled up in the exchange that ultimately ended his season. Love and many media outlets have speculated that Olynyk injured love intentionally (not true).
However when it comes down to it Boston remains the most attractive destination for Love outside of LA and he easily would be willing to let the incident go for many reasons. First, the Celtics offer the best of both worlds for Love. A chance to compete for many conference titles and eventually a championship. The chance to be a focal point in the offense and not buried behind two other ball dominating players (LeBron and Irving). Finally, Boston is a great U.S city (unlike Cleveland) that has a winning culture and commitment to excellence. Boston’s reputation simply speaks for itself. Prior to joining Cleveland, Love enjoyed an average of 26.1 ppg in his last year with the Timberwolves to 16.4 ppg with Cleveland. The fact is his skills are not being utilized properly in Cleveland and needs to make a change if he wants to remain a Top 10 player. A deal of four years and about $80 million could be the magic number to bring him to Boston. Danny Ainge fire away!
By Spence Roush @El_Spence_Man