Draper: Here's hoping the Celtics have a Love-less Plan B

Draper: Here's hoping the Celtics have a Love-less Plan B
June 19, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Danny Ainge must have a Plan B, right? All his eggs can’t be in the Kevin Love basket, right?

Celtics fans have to be hoping.

Ever since the Celts' season ended on April 16, the focus has been on this very important offseason and Ainge’s attempt to turn the C’s back into contenders sooner rather than later. According to a variety of reports, Boston's main offseason target has been Kevin Love of the Timberwolves. The Celtics would reportedly offer a combination of first-round picks and young players in an effort to get a deal done. They were viewed as frontrunners to land Love, especially after an ESPN report earlier this week said Timberwolves coach and GM Flip Saunders thinks the Celtics package is the strongest.

Now comes word the Golden State Warriors have upped the ante and are willing to include Klay Thompson (a future All-Star, in my opinion) in a deal for Love. Klay’s father, Mychal Thompson, reportedly said on ESPN Radio in Los Angeles that the Warriors would send his son and David Lee (a two-time All-Star), along with a future first-round pick to Minnesota for Love. If that's true, the Warriors would have to be considered the leaders to acquire Love and we can assume the Celtics' hopes of bringing the three-time All-Star to Boston would take a major hit.

That’s why it’s imperative for Ainge to have a Plan B if bringing Love to Boston doesn’t work out. This is supposed to be an offseason of “fireworks” for the Celtics, an aggressive attempt to return the franchise to glory after last year’s 57-loss season. If Ainge doesn’t get Love, and has no Plan B for bringing an all-star level talent to Boston, this offseason will be remembered as a dud instead of the fireworks so many fans were expecting.