Mar 21, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of a game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center. The Nets defeated the Celtics 114-98. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Boston Celtics likely to trade Rajon Rondo if Kevin Love isn't acquired

The Kevin Love sweepstakes seem to be heating up thanks to a reported trade offer from not only the Golden State Warriors on Thursday but the Denver Nuggets as well. While the Dubs seem to be the new frontrunners, they’re still not fully sold on including Klay Thompson in  a trade which means the field is still, for the most part, as wide open as it has been.

If anything, the Warriors efforts to acquire Love should be motivating other teams who have been in the race a lot longer to step up their game too,and one of those teams are the Boston Celtics. But unlike the Warriors, who are in a win-now mode, should the Celtics not acquire Love then their plans to rebuild will get more serious as the summer progresses.

According to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald, the Celtics are likely to step up their efforts to trade Rajon Rondo if they can’t land Kevin Love in a trade.

If the Celtics cannot get Love, they are planning to continue with the longer and more methodical rebuilding process, a process that would likely see Rajon Rondo traded. (An NBA source said they would also have a taker for Jeff Green if they chose to move him.)

Boston has two current first-round picks to offer as well as future picks and young players. But the Wolves aren’t interested in rebuilding and want to get players they know can help them him now. That’s what is so attractive about the Dubs offer and the Celtics might have to adjust their trade conversations from what it will take to acquire Love to what they want in return for Rajon Rondo.

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