The hot rumor in Boston is the Big Three 2.0 - Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo.
Has a nice ring to it, right? Hopefully would result in a ring. Or several...
But the stars would have to align just right, and although the Celtics have already pulled off huge moves like this before, it's tough to capture lightning in a bottle twice.
Bob Ryan joins Gary Tanguay and Kirk Minihane on Arbella Early Edition to discuss the chances of a new Big Three in Boston.
The first part of this dream scenario requires the Celtics to acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
New Wolves coach Flip Saunders says there has been a great deal of interest in Love, but the team hasn't been initiating the discussions.
“We probably have 16 teams that have called us," says Saunders. "We haven’t called anybody.”
Yes, there would be competition, but few teams can offer a trade package that would match what the Celtics have.
This of course assumes the T-Wolves value draft picks, which, given their situation you would think they value highly.
This also assumes the Wolves are willing to trade Love, but Love has made it clear he has no intention of staying in Minnesota so the team would be smart to get something for him before he walks.
“He’s not staying," says Ryan. "He’s not becoming a Minnesota Timberwolves lifer.”
Love-to-Boston really caught fire last week when Love was seen touring the city of Boston and photographed chatting briefly with Rajon Rondo at a Red Sox game.
"Total game-changer when he shows up at Fenway Park," says Minihane. "It gives [the potential scenario] life. When Love shows up, you start to wonder, why is he here? There must be a reason he’s here."
So Love seems interested in Boston. Boston is definitely interested in Love. The question is, do the Wolves want what the Celtics have to offer?
And what about Carmelo Anthony, who can opt out of his deal with the New York Knicks?
Gary Tanguay asks Bob Ryan if Melo-to-Boston is just a pipe dream.
"Oh God I hope so," says Ryan. "I don’t want him. You don’t want him.”
"If he’s your best player, you’re in trouble. If he’s not your best player, if he’s your second best player, or at least there’s equals… If he were to come here in a triumvirate with Rondo [and Love], that I might listen to.” - Ryan
Let us know what you think. Can the Celtics land both Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony? How much should the Celtics be willing to offer to make it happen?