After LeBron James left the Miami Heat in favor of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony decided to remain with the New York Knicks and Chris re-upped with the Miami Heat, all of the dominoes in free agency began to fall.
Although there are still a few key free agents like Indiana Pacers’ guard Lance Stephenson and Detroit Pistons’ big man Greg Monroe on the market, most of the attention will turn back to Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love.
The Golden State Warriors have been in the mix to acquire Love, but refuse to part with guard Klay Thompson. The Cavaliers have entered the Love sweepstakes, but may be hesitant to part with swingman Andrew Wiggins.
One team that has been there all along is the Boston Celtics, but they may not have the assets to get a deal done. According to Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors, the Celtics will have to wait until the 2015 offseason to be a real player for Love.
Multiple reports say there’s nothing Boston has that Minnesota wants, so the odds that Kevin Love will wind up in Boston for this coming season are pretty slim. I think the C’s will be a player for him if he gets to free agency next summer, however. And Danny Ainge is apparently trying to see if he can find players to Minnesota’s liking, although I don’t think Flip Saunders is giving him too many hints. And presumably Ainge would have to find a third team to get involved in such a deal, because you can’t just sign another team’s free agent and trade him.
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.