Wakeup Call: Love, 'Melo aren't walking through that door

Wakeup Call: Love, 'Melo aren't walking through that door
June 24, 2014, 9:00 am
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I think I have all the Kevin Love trade rumors tracked down . . . 

-- The Love-to-Golden State talk has cooled because the Warriors -- specifically new coach Steve Kerr and Hall of Fame consultant Jerry West -- are balking on giving up Klay Thompson. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

-- The Bulls, on the other hand, are emerging as a potential landing spot for Love with an offer of Taj Gibson, Tony Snell and the Nos. 16 and 19 selections in the first round of this year's draft. (CSN Chicago) It makes even more sense when you consider Derrick Rose reportedly prefers the team trade for Love instead of signing free agent Carmelo Anthony. 

-- And there's still the question as to whether or not the Timberwolves will even trade Love before the draft. (Pro Basketball Talk) Or at any time before next February's trade deadline.

That's all of them. I think.

And the reason for all this uncertainty? Our own A. Sherrod Blakely thinks it's because no one really knows what Minnesota's head honcho, Flip Saunders, is looking for . . . least of all Saunders himself.

"One of the things we still don't have a feel for from Minnesota is . . . what [exactly does] Flip Saunders [want]?" Sherrod asked last night on SportsNet Central. "Does he want a chance to find another Kevin Love? In that scenario, [he'd] try to get as many draft picks as possible. [Is he] trying to improve [his] team enough to . . . maybe sneak into the playoffs? [If] that's the case, [he's] going to keep talking to teams like Golden State, like Chicago, who have better players . . . [to] offer than the Celtics." 

Since the Celtics' main currency in any Love deal is high draft picks -- which they have in hand at the moment, but can't know how high they'll be in future drafts -- they need Saunders to make a decision. Now. Especially if their plan is to add Love as a means to entice Carmelo Anthony to come to Boston to join with Love and Rajon Rondo as a new Big Three.

Oh, about that . . . 

"Carmelo Anthony is not walking through that door to be a Celtic," Sherrod says emphatically. "It's just not going to happen. Carmelo's going to go to a team that I believe he anticipates has a chance to compete, right this minute, for, at the very least, a shot at getting to the conference finals and beyond. 

"The Celtics? I don't believe his addition would allow them to do that. And plus, there's so many pieces the Celtics would have to part with to really make it work financially to bring in a guy like Carmelo. At the end of the day, if you're the Celtics you have to ask yourself, 'Is he worth it?' "

Talk about a buzz kill.

That's why Gary Tanguay's talking a whole different scenario than the one he -- and we -- was/were drooling about not so long ago. And why Bob Ryan thinks a potential return to glory is "a long wait then. It's a long wait. It's a long wait." 

Oh, joy.

Here's the rest of your wakeup call -- a combination of newsworthy and/or interesting tidbits -- for  Tuesday, June 24:


From the Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction file, or Thank God These People Don't Live Next To Me: Police in Amherst were called by a woman who says a neighbor insulted her because she was making so much noise watching the World Cup that the neighbor couldn't watch NASCAR and listen to Lynyrd Skynyrd. (NBC's Motor Sports Talk)

Michael Schumacher's managers say someone has stolen the medical files of the seven-time Formula One world champ, who suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident last December, and is trying to sell them to the media. And they warn they'll press charges against any media company that prints/broadcasts/posts them. (Motor Sports Talk)

Home Depot's bailing out as a NASCAR sponsor. (Motor Sports Talk)


Chris Davis, mired in a 6-for-55 slump, is benched . . . and then called on as a pinch-hitter with runners on first and second and one out in the bottom of the ninth. And, of course, he hits a walkoff three-run homer to lift the Orioles past the White Sox, 6-4. (CSN Baltimore) 

This pitching-well-but-still-losing stuff is getting old for Cole Hamels. (CSN Philly)

The Phillies are hoping -- praying, probably -- that Cliff Lee regains his health in time to be dangled at the trade deadline. If he does, here's who the Phils might be seeking from the teams who figure to be among Lee's most ardent suitors: The Yankees, Blue Jays, Angels and Orioles. (CSN Philly)


Mick Cronin gets a seven-year (!) contract extension from Cincinnati. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)


Loyalty, thy name is Dottie Sandusky. (AP)

Promising young wide receiver Robbie Rhodes is leaving Baylor for what coach Art Briles calls "undisclosed reasons." (NBC's College Football Talk)


Most pro sports leagues stay far away from Vegas. Not the NHL. (NBC's Pro Hockey Talk)

The Flyers ship off one of their most popular players, Scott Hartnell, to re-acquire R.J. Umberger from Columbus. (CSN Philly)

Hartnell was "shocked," "upset" and "angry" that the Flyers no longer wanted him, so he decides "the team that wants you is a better place [to be] than the team that doesn’t want you". And that's why he waived his no-movement clause to join the Blue Jackets. (CSN Philly)

Contract talks between Ryan Callahan and the Lightning have reached a "critical stage". (Pro Hockey Talk)

Leading the Texas Stars to the Calder Cup championship earned Willie Desjardins a shot at the big time: He's been hired to coach the Canucks. (AP)

He may not get to coach Ryan Kesler, who wants out of Vancouver. But only if he can go to the Penguins or the Blackhawks. Or the Ducks. (Pro Hockey Talk)

If he goes to the Penguins, he'll be joining a team that Sidney Crosby thinks needs to work harder and rely less on pure skill. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Andrei Markov is staying put in Montreal. (AP)

But Gerard Gallant's off to Florida, where he's hoping the Panthers can pull off the same kind of two-year turnaround as the Canadiens. (AP)

Patrick Marleau hopes to stay put, too; he doesn't want to leave San Jose. (Pro Hockey Talk)

Alex Ovechkin and Barry Trotz are off on the right foot. (AP)

This year's Hall of Fame class is a big one: Dominik Hasek, Mike Modano, Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake, Pat Burns and Bill McCreary. (AP)

The Suns now stand as the only professional team with "Phoenix" still in its name, as the Coyotes join the Diamondbacks and Cardinals in switching to "Arizona". (AP)


If the Cavs want to trade the first overall pick, there's no lack of suitors. Here's what Utah's offering. (NBC's Pro Basketball Talk)

Cleveland's also heard from the Sixers and the Magic. (Pro Basketball Talk)

If the Cavs hang onto the No. 1 selection and don't choose Joel Embiid, the Bucks say they aren't taking him at No. 2. Plan your mock drafts accordingly. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Tyronn Lue, who served on Doc Rivers' staff with the Celtics and the Clippers, didn't get the Cavs' head coaching job. But he's going to Cleveland anyway, as associate head coach to David Blatt. (AP)

Honest, Knicks Nation: 'Melo loves New York. He's just examining all his options is all. (AP)

Spike Lee's glad to hear it because he wants you back, Carmelo. (Yahoo! Sports)

Raymond Felton may not get any jail time on that gun charge. (AP)

Tim Duncan ends the suspense: He opts into next year's contract with the Spurs, which means he's not retiring. (Pro Basketball Talk)

And old friend Nate Robinson's opting in with the Nuggets. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Ditto Andrei Kirilenko with the Nets. (Pro Basketball Talk)

The Mavs apparently are kicking the tires on free agent Luol Deng. (Pro Basketball Talk)

Bad news for Donald Sterling: A Superior Court judge -- declaring "I could decide this case in five minutes" -- tells Sterling's lawyers that their client has no legal standing to contest Shelly Sterling's sale of the Clippers. Still, he'll let them file written arguments and has scheduled a June 30 hearing in advance of the trial, which is scheduled to begin July 7. (AP)


Who says there are no second acts in American lives? Tom House -- who I remember as a) the guy who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run and returned the ball to him and b) the main culprit in the Red Sox' bullpen collapse of 1976 -- is in big demand as a quarterbacks coach, thanks to his success with Tom Brady. (NBC's Pro Football Talk)

The Dolphins suffer their first loss of 2014, as Mike Pouncey undergoes hip surgery that jeopardizes his availability for the season opener. (Pro Football Talk)

We could see this one coming: A group of Virginia legislators form the "Redskins Pride Caucus," openly supporting the team's right to keep its nickname. (Pro Football Talk)

The NFL wins a legal battle -- and a big one -- as the Supreme Court declines to take up New Jersey's appeal of an appellate court ruling denying it the right to institute legalized gambling on football. (Pro Football Talk)

The Bears' Cornelius Washington starts his pre-camp vacation by getting arrested for speeding and driving with a suspended license. (Pro Football Talk)

Colts punter Pat McAfee, in what sounds like a little indirect lobbying for Adam Vinatieri's job -- which he's expressed interest in -- claims he could hit a 75-yard field goal in the light air of Denver. (Pro Football Talk)

The Seattle Times and seattlepi.com make public the address of Richard Sherman's new home and now people are showing up at his house seeking autographs. So Sherman's refusing to speak to the local media . . . or is he? (Pro Football Talk)


Joel Embiid --yes, him again -- showed some love to Cristiano Ronaldo after Portugal's miracle finish against the U.S. And that earns him plenty of hate on Twitter. (NBC's College Basketball Talk)

So is that weird haircut Ronaldo's tribute to a young cancer patient, or isn't it? (NBC's Pro Soccer Talk)

Ronaldo goes all Jurgen Klinsmann and says he "never thought" Portugal would win the World Cup. (Pro Soccer Talk)

Forget about playing for a tie so both teams advance: Germany wants to beat the U.S. (Yahoo! Sports)

Besides, a tie is no good for the Americans on a lot of levels. (Yahoo! Sports)

Now this is the way a coach should celebrate! (Yahoo! Sports)


Sloane Stephens is philosophical about her stunning opening-day ouster at Wimbledon: "It feels like the end of the world now, but fortunately it's not. So that's a good thing." Yeah, I'd say the world not ending is a good thing . . . (AP)

For the first time since 2011, Venus Williams advances to the second round at the All-England Club. (AP)

And for the first time in five months -- or since she injured her left foot -- Victoria Azarenka wins a match. (AP)

Andy Murray starts defense of his Wimbledon crown on a good note. (AP)