ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported Wednesday that Kevin Love will opt out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent. That isn’t surprising.
What is surprising is this:
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That noise you hear is the sound of Twitter spontaneously combusting.
Most assumed the Boston Celtics would pursue Love this summer — just as they did last offseason — if the power forward did indeed choose to test the free-agent waters. But Paul Pierce? Robin Lopez? You’d be lying if you said you saw this report coming.
It’s also a bit of a strange recruiting pitch: “Come to Boston, where you could have the chance to play with a guy in the twilight of his career and Brook Lopez’s less talented brother!”
Celtics fans, however, would of course welcome back Pierce with open arms, which Wojnarowski’s sources say is a possibility if Boston could land Love.
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Love joining the C’s also would (barring any additional roster moves) make him teammates with Kelly Olynyk, who ended the forward’s season via arm pull in the first round of this year’s playoffs.
On the surface, this Love-Pierce-Lopez trio seems unlikely to ever materialize. But either way, it sounds like the Celtics are diving headfirst into the Summer of Love, Part II.
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