NBA Trade Rumors: Why Celtics Might Call Cavaliers On Kevin Love Again

by NESN Staff

May 26, 2016

So will Kevin Love be a Boston Celtic or nah?

Rumors that the Celtics are targeting the Cleveland Cavaliers big man have persisted since 2014, with Boston reportedly making yet another push at the NBA trade deadline in February. However, various outlets reported via sources that those Celtics-Cavs talks either weren’t a “legit offer” or contained a “low-ball package.”

ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who reported the “low-ball package” angle in March, resurrected the Love-to-Boston speculation Tuesday in a column eviscerating the big man’s defense, writing: “Whether the Cavs should really pay Love and (Tristan) Thompson $36 million combined to scrounge crunch-time minutes is a question for the offseason. Boston made an offer for Love at the deadline, sources have told ESPN.com, and though the Cavs found it disatisfying, the Celtics may call again if other stars higher on their list aren’t available.”

If a rumor’s persistence reveals a player’s place on Boston’s list, Love might be on top. And as Love’s stats fall (his 16-point average this season was his lowest since 2009-10) and his age increases (he’ll be 28 next season), the price for him might drop so much that what once was a “low-ball package” could be just right now.

Thumbnail photo via David Richard/USA TODAY Sports Images

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