The Boston Celtics have repeatedly been paired with an interest in power forward Kevin Love, but the Cleveland Cavaliers star is considered a long shot.
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Love’s future is a topic of significant discussion, even though the former Minnesota Timberwolves star has consistently stated that he intends to stay with the Cavs beyond this summer.
Having missed out on the bulk of the playoffs this year due to injury, Love has told the media that he wants to win with this team and by playing alongside LeBron James in the coming years, he will have a great opportunity to do so.
However, the speculation won’t go away and the Celtics have been linked with a free agency move this summer along with the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers who have also been long-time admirers.
The initial plan had been to pair Love with Rajon Rondo, with general manager Danny Ainge keen on making that a reality last year which in turn would have also been an appealing situation to convince the point guard to stay in Boston.
After that failed last year, it is understood that Ainge is still an admirer of Love, but his interest in signing him isn’t at the same level as before as it becomes more and more unlikely that a deal will be struck.
“According to all sources, Danny Ainge still has affection for Love, but it’s not nearly the borderline obsession that was in play last summe,” the Boston Herald reported.
“And from all indications, Love is not seen as a foundational player upon whom to build. Further, sources say his knee issues are bound to have an impact on his basketball longevity and effectiveness.”
It remains to be seen how the situation plays out, but the 26-year-old appears to be comfortable in Cleveland and regardless of whether or not they win a championship this season, staying would seem the most sensible option with contract negotiations likely to take place at the end of the season.