The Boston Celtics are trying hard to trade for Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love in order to not only become a legitimate playoff contender, but also to appease star point guard Rajon Rondo.
In 2015, Rondo will become a free agent, and at age 28, he’d like to sign with a team that can at least contend for an NBA championship in the near future.
Translation: If the C’s don’t get Love or another star player this offseason, Rondo could walk next offseason. The Celtics know this, and they apparently intend on trading him if they miss out on Love, according to Steve Bulpett of The Boston Herald.
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.)
As for the aforementioned Love, the Golden State Warriors now appear to be the front-runners to land the talented forward, according to Baxter Holmes of the Boston Globe.
With a trade package that is expected to include guard Klay Thompson and forward David Lee, the Golden State Warriors are considered the front-runners to land Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love in a deal, NBA sources told the Globe on Thursday.
A source close to the situation pointed out that “nothing is imminent” with regard to a potential deal, adding that pieces involved are still being discussed. Trade talks between the Timberwolves and several teams pursuing Love, including the Celtics, are expected to intensify leading up to the June 26 draft.
“Like anything else, they’re going to say, ‘We’ll wait until the last minute to see if anyone can up the ante,’ ” a league source said.
It’s safe to say at least one of these players is getting moved prior to the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. The only question is who gets moved, and does it happen next Thursday during the 2014 NBA Draft.
Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas could also be on the trading block, according to Jake Fischer of the Boston Globe.
Per multiple sources, Sacramento Kings' front office is split on moving forward with Isaiah Thomas at PG, has engaged in prelim trade talks.
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 18, 2014
Over his first three years in the NBA< Thomas is averaging 19.0 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He’s not quite the star Rondo and Love are, but would be a great addition to the right team, preferably one where he could be a combo guard and not just a full-time point guard.