Mar 26, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) drives the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Chuck Hayes (44) in the second half at TD Garden. Toronto defeated Boston 99-90. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Rajon Rondo not recruiting Kevin Love


Although the Golden State Warriors appear to be the favorites after finally deciding to part ways with sharp-shooting guard Klay Thompson, plenty of teams are still after Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.

The Boston Celtics are hoping to use their two first round picks and other young assets to acquire Love, who would reportedly like to play for the Celtics. There have been rumors Love and Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo would like to play together, but Rondo says he is not recruiting Love, according to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe.

During an appearance Thursday on ESPN’s “Numbers Never Lie,” Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo talked about Love, including their meeting up at a Red Sox game during Love’s recent weekend trip to Boston.

“Not recruiting at all,” Rondo said. “Kevin is under contract. With the CBA, the NBA takes that very seriously: no recruiting. We were at the game, I was sitting on the Monster seats, had some great seats, enjoying myself. I took a glove out with my son and we tried to catch a ball, but none never came.

“As I was exiting, Kevin Love was at the box suites and I spoke to him, said hello, no pitch, just wanted him to enjoy his time in Boston, and that was about it.”

Love averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game last season while shooting 45.7% from the field, 37.6% from three and 82.1% from the charity stripe. Rondo was limited just 30 games while returning from his knee injury and averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. He shot 40.3% from the field, 28.9% from beyond the arc and 62.7% from the free throw line.

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