Morning, Boston Celtics fans!
We have officially reached the point of the free agency period at which rumors of old trade talks ranks as news! Yes, as those of you who are savvy enough to read the title of this post have already figured out, I am referring to the Boston Celtics’ continued infatuation with Kevin Love:
Fear not. Danny Ainge has not given up on Kevin Love quite yet.
The chase has just made a pit stop for the time being.
The Boston Celtics are still interested in trading for Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves’ All-Star forward, but the two sides have not spoken in more than a week, the Boston Herald reports, citing sources. The stalled talks are not really a setback, according to the Herald, as the Celtics’ offer and the Wolves’ desires are generally known and remain the same.
So, the two teams have not talked in over a week? And NESN is devoting time and space to covering this non-story? Thanks, guys.
You can understand why NESN is covering a true non-story, though – just look at how rumors involving Love and two other All-Stars spread over the weekend:
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 7, 2014
Kevin Love was not working out with Kobe and Carmelo this weekend, per source. No idea if Kobe/Melo did, but Love wasn’t a part of it. — Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) July 7, 2014
It’s madness, I tell you! Of course, the madness surrounding Love is NOTHING compared to the insanity that swirls around LeBron James – fishing pics on Instagram, anyone? The latest rumors have King James considering a return to Cleveland:
Cleveland has replaced Miami as my frontrunner to land LeBron James…
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 7, 2014
Do I even need to explain why this is a terrible idea? Apparently . . . but fortunately, Rob Mahoney over at SI.com has us all covered:
LeBron is in the business of winning, and the team that lands James will be the one that – by his assessment – offers the best chance to pursue that end.
Cleveland does not fit that criterion. This is a team on the rise, but just last season the Cavaliers were below average on defense and worse still on offense. James would obviously help significantly in both regards, as might the additions of Wiggins and coach David Blatt. Yet if James is seriously considering leaving a Miami team that is well-run, well-coached and supported well enough to contend annually, wouldn’t he want a surer landing spot than an incomplete team hinging on young stars and prospects?
Please, God: let the media regain some semblance of sanity!
If you are one of those people who are actually interested in the entire NBA, check out Yahoo! Sports and their free agent tracker.
For those of you hoping to catch James Young in action this summer, I’m sorry to disappoint: the Celtics have decided to let him rest and get healthy.
Finally, I know we were all promised fireworks this summer when it comes to the Boston Celtics, but as former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers points out, patience is a virtue:
“I think Danny’s going to be patient,” Rivers said. “I mean, everybody wants to win now, but sometimes you just have to be patient. I thought we did a great job with that when I was there, and I think Danny’s going to do it again. I think Danny’s as good as anybody. It’s funny. He has the nickname ‘Trader Danny,’ but he knows when to do that. I think he’ll be fine.”
Good advice, Doc!