If the Boston Celtics had any chance of trading for All-Star forward Kevin Love, those hopes seems to be all but deflated by LeBron James. According to Adrian Wojanarowski of Yahoo! Sports Friday, King James has reached out to Kevin Love in efforts of bringing him to Cleveland.
Love expressed his interest in playing for the Cavaliers soon after James dominated headlines with his decision to leave the Miami Heat and return home. The only thing that seems to be holding the Minnesota Timberwolves from pulling the trigger on a trade is Cleveland’s initial reluctance to include rookie swingman and No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins in the deal. As reports have surfaced suggesting the Cavaliers are expressing interest in the idea of trading Wiggins for Love, anything the Celtics could offer would not be able to trump that deal.
Even if the Cavaliers aren’t somehow able to pry Kevin Love away from the Timberwolves, the Golden State Warriors are making their own serious run at Love. The Warriors package that could include Klay Thompson would also trump the assets the Celtics could offer.
President of basketball operations Danny Ainge would have to turn to plan B if the Cavaliers pull off a trade. Unfortunately for Celtics fans, that plan could involve a prolonged rebuilding project. That could also involve finally trading All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo for more assets that could perhaps turn into something bigger in a year or two via trade or free agency.
There is a slight chance Love could still hit free agency in 2015, but that possibility seems unlikely since the Timberwolves don’t want to see their star forward walk away and get nothing in return. Now that Kevin Love is on LeBron’s wish list, it seems to be just a matter of time that the NBA’s most powerful player will get what he wants.