Sources: C's ready to move on from Love

Sources: C's ready to move on from Love
July 23, 2014, 1:45 pm
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BOSTON — 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

"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.

I know.


Throughout the Celtics' offseason, they have made no secret about being open to using whatever resources they have (draft picks, trade exceptions, players) to add a high-impact player like Love who earlier this summer had expressed interest in Boston.

But as this summer continues to wind down, acquiring Love or a comparable, high-impact player become less likely with each passing day.

That's because teams, for now at least, are far more consumed by acquiring proven talent as opposed to assets and players with potential (read: young talent).

Boston's most tradable asset is Rajon Rondo, but the market for him is unclear because teams aren't sold on the four-time all-star returning to the form he displayed prior to suffering a torn right ACL injury in 2013.

That's why Boston will likely enter the season with Rondo still on the roster, providing him a chance to play his way into the max or near-max deal he wants, while increasing his value in case the Celtics decide to trade him and hand the keys to the roster over to his heir apparent, Marcus Smart who was selected by Boston with the No. 6 pick in last month's NBA draft.

Of course the outlook by teams towards the Celtics may change in the coming weeks and all of a sudden, that stockpile of draft picks and future assets acquired by the Celtics will be in demand.

But until that time, Boston will try to acquire as many good players who are great fits, having failed to land a great player like Love who would have been a very, very good fit for this franchise.