As the offseason began, it looked like the Boston Celtics may be the favorites to land Minnesota Timberwolves’ power forward Kevin Love. Love even took a visit to Boston, hanging with various athletes, including Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo and seemed to enjoy himself, which only added fuel to the fire. The Celtics are also armed with future picks and have a few young talented players. However, the Timberwolves haven’t seem all that interested in what the Celtics have to offer and have instead focused on acquiring Golden State Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson or Cleveland Cavaliers’ swingman Andrew Wiggins.
A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports Net New England believes the Celtics haven’t given up on their pursuit up Love yet, but may soon be ready to move on.
There’s no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell CSNNE.com.
“The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack,” a source said on Wednesday. “Danny’s a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on.”
That’s why the Celtics are reportedly among the clubs to express some interest in being a third team to help facilitate a trade involving Love to what one source said has become his “preferred” destination, Cleveland.
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 last season.