There is more riding on the Boston Celtics’ pursuit of Kevin Love than many fans might imagine.
If the Celtics’ ever-dwindling chances of trading for Love waste away entirely, the time for a complete roster teardown could be at hand. Without Love to spark a quick turnaround, the Celtics might be best off trading point guard Rajon Rondo for even more assets Danny Ainge could use in his rebuilding effort.
This is among several interesting tidbits from the Boston Herald’s Mark Murphy, who joined NESN.com Celtics beat writer Ben Watanabe on this week’s NESN.com Celtics/NBA Podcast.
“I think he’s more likely to be moved” after this week’s three-team trade, Murphy said. “I’ve been in that camp. If you don’t get Kevin Love, then it’s not the best situation for the team, and it’s not the best situation for Rondo.”
And the likelihood of that scenario appears to be growing, according to the longtime Celtics beat reporter.
“They’re not going to become an instant playoff team unless there’s some big deal involving Rondo, I don’t see how you do that,” Murphy said. “By taking part in this three-team deal, they just made it easier for Cleveland to get (Love). Now it’s up to Cleveland whether they want to give up Andrew Wiggins. That’s my hunch.”