Rondo speaks with Love, knows C's need another star

Rondo speaks with Love, knows C's need another star
June 2, 2014, 3:00 pm
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WALTHAM, Mass. — When Rajon Rondo came across Kevin Love at Fenway Park on Sunday, the two had what Rondo described as a brief conversation.

"I talked to Kevin for like 39 seconds," Rondo said. "We didn't talk a lot."

There wasn't a need to, really.

The mere fact that Love was in Boston spoke volumes about his level of interest in potentially joining Rondo as a member of the Boston Celtics.

And while Rondo admittedly wouldn't mind having an impact player of Love's caliber by his side, Rondo said he didn't make a big pitch or anything like that to Love.

"The only pitches thrown were by (Red Sox pitcher) John Lester," Rondo quipped. "I think he threw a couple pitches. But I didn't pitch anything. I just told him to enjoy his time here."

Rondo said he wasn't aware of Love's presence at the game until some people told him Love was there sitting in some really nice seats.

"As I was exiting out, I was leaving the game and went past a couple of the suites and he was sitting there," Rondo said.

Love is still a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and according to their president of basketball operations Flip Saunders, he anticipates Love being with Minnesota this upcoming season.

But multiple sources have indicated Love will not sign an extension with the Timberwolves and opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent in the summer of 2015.

The Timberwolves will most likely look to trade him between now and then, in order to avoid losing him and getting nothing in return.

When you look at the Celtics' current roster, there's no doubt the addition of Love would significantly bolster their chances at improving upon last season's 25-57 season.

"I don't need to say how good he is," Rondo said. "He puts up great numbers. But I think he wants to win now."

And Rondo realizes Boston's only shot of reclaiming a spot among the NBA's elite, is to add multiple high-impact players like Love.

"As of now, the team to beat, you have to gear up to beat the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs," Rondo said. "Both teams continue to dominate the last couple of seasons. The two or three years we were pretty good, they (Miami) geared up to beat the Boston Celtics. And the year before that, we geared up to beat the Detroit Pistons. So it's a matter of trying to get the right team together to go beat the Heat, go beat the Spurs. Those are the teams to beat."

And while Rondo is quick to acknowledge all of the Love talk is pure speculation at this point, there's no doubt that acquiring Love would make his job - and the Celtics' rebuilding process - a lot smoother.

Regardless of whether they land Love, Rondo is convinced that the team's fortunes will improve sooner rather than later.

"I trust a lot in Danny (Ainge, Boston's president of basketball operations)," Rondo said. "He's turned this thing around before. I believe in Danny. I believe we need another big-time player, but that's his job. He's working on that now and I have complete faith in him."