Hey Boston Celtics fans – it’ Friday! Time to get your weekend on!
The Kevin Love saga is beginning to get interesting, in a train wreck kind of way. For starters, there’s the fact that Minnesota’s owner, Glen Taylor, is either very smooth or very clueless in saying he believes K-Love will re-sign with the T-Wolves:
— NBA.com (@NBAcom) July 17, 2014
“I’d like to have Kevin back and play under Flip and just see how the coaches utilize him with the other players,” Taylor said. “What Kevin has said to me, he wants to win. I’ve said back to him, ‘That’s all I want too!’
“My preference is that Kevin will come to camp – and I’m sure he will – and plays with the team, with the roster we put around him. And that we win. I think he’ll find out Minnesota has the same thing that he wants, and that is a chance to win and to make it to the playoffs.”
Right! The team that hasn’t gotten Love to the playoffs in six straight seasons is going to convince him to stay, finally! Because they have only had, you know, six other years to do that!
Making this story all the more interesting is the fact that poor Andrew Wiggins – only the number one pick in this year’s draft – reportedly is now being used as trade bait in an attempt to bring Love to Cleveland to play with LeBron James:
A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Wiggins, a 6-foot-8, 194-pounder, has played well at the Las Vegas Summer League, where he’s become a crowd favorite. The former Kansas star has averaged 13.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in the Cavs’ first three games. However, he’s shooting just 37.8 percent from the field.
Up until this point, it was assumed the Cavs wanted to hang onto Wiggins, largely because of comments made by Coach David Blatt.
However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster.
And, what James wants, he normally gets.
I certainly did not fail to notice that LeBron never once mentioned Andrew Wiggins in the essay in which he announced that he was returning to Cleveland. What a rotten way for this kid to learn that the NBA really is just a business.
Meanwhile, it seems that the Golden State Warriors refuse to go away quietly – have they now decided to make Klay Thomspon available, too? Could this be the end of the Splash Brothers as we know it?!?
The Los Angeles Lakers appear to have given up on Love, as they have picked up Carlos Boozer off of waivers . . . a move that puts the Lakers in a bit of an unsettling position.
The Phoenix Suns were just rebuffed by Eric Bledsoe – maybe Phoenix wants to make a trade with Boston, who certainly has lots of guards to spare!
For those of you worried about Boston Celtics’ legend Bill Russell, he appears to be doing OK following his collapse during a speech in Lake Tahoe yesterday. Cross your fingers.
Finally, here’s an interesting discussion that is picking up steam: the idea that Celtics’ point guard Rajon Rondo actually turns free agents OFF, rather than help the Boston Celtics attract them to Titletown. I’ll speak more on this later today, but for now, enjoy the reads!