In this week's episode of The Evening Score Sports Podcast, co-hosts Brian Langford and Sean Bakke recapped the finalization of the trade that sent Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2014 #1 pick Andrew Wiggins and 2013 #1 pick Anthony Bennett, among other assets that exchanged hands between the Cavs, Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers.
It was reported earlier in the off-season that the Boston Celtics were likely to have the best package available to offer the Timberwolves in a trade for Love, despite coach and President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders insistence that he wanted players back that would still allow the Wolves to compete for a playoff spot. On the night of the NBA draft, Celtics fans waited with bated breath for a deal to go down.
With the 6th pick, the Celtics selected Marcus Smart from Oklahoma State then later at pick #17, selected James Young. Naturally it was assumed that the Wolves had asked the Celtics to select these players that perhaps they coveted in any deal for Love. That deal never happened, the Celtics later signed Smart and Young and then the NBA was again enthralled with the destination of one LeBron Raymone James.
Once James decided that Cleveland was his destination (again) and he was going home, all bets were off. It was clear then that the next move that the Cavaliers would make would be to go all in for Kevin Love. They had Wiggins and Bennett and a 2015 pick from Miami and it was clear also that the Timberwolves could rebuild around Wiggins and still attempt to compete in the Wild Wild West.
So where does that leave the Celtics? They are not contenders in the 2014-2015 season. They have albatross contracts that Danny Ainge is begging to unload. There are many question marks on their roster which may look completely different when training camp starts soon.
Langford suggested in this episode's discussion that the Celtics need to trade Rajon Rondo. Maybe not tomorrow, but without a doubt by this upcoming season's trade deadline in order to allow this team to build back to the point of contending for a championship sooner rather than later. With the reports that Rondo wants to be "wined and dined" in free agency and the rebuild likely to take longer than expected without the "fireworks" that owner Wyc Grousbeck referenced, Langford doubts that Rondo would stick around for this despite the fact that the Celtics can offer him more years and money than any other team.
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