When Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were traded to Brooklyn last offseason, Celtics fans were already eyeing the 2014 offseason. Aware that suffering through down year was inevitable, the Celtics faithful knew this offseason would be the key to reconstruction of the franchise. Since seasons end, it has become clear that one major building block that GM Danny Ainge wants is the coveted Kevin Love.
With the No. 6 and 17 picks in next week’s draft, Ainge and company are emerging as the leading candidates in the quest for Love. ESPN’s Chad Ford reports that the Celtics offer is the best one the the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to get.
"The Celtics are trying hard to use pick No. 6 and 17 along with future No. 1s and young players such as Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk to persuade the Minnesota Timberwolves to trade them Kevin Love. One source close to the Wolves said that while Flip Saunders does not want to trade Love, he realizes the team likely will lose him this summer and the package the Celtics are offering is probably the best he's going to get."
Love to Boston would be the first step to bringing Boston back to being a championship contender. A trade for Love doesn’t guarantee a deal can be reached with the player to keep him here, nor does it mean Rondo will sign an extension. There will still be a number of questions surrounding the Celtics next season if this deal does happen, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Houston, Golden State, Chicago, an Phoenix are reported as also having interested in Love.