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Tuesday, 03 June 2014 17:44

Boston Celtics 2014 Offseason Plans May Consist Around Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony

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The next Big Three: Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo?

Remember when the Boston Celtics had to acquire Ray Allen to persuade Kevin Garnett to join? The Celtics could be thinking the parallel notion of bringing in two prized, franchise-changing players to collaborate with one of their own. 

While Kevin Love visits Boston with open arms, and assuming a trade happens between now and the draft, it seems like Boston's next target is Carmelo Anthony, according RealGM.com. Unlike Love, Anthony is a free agent this summer, and wants to join a contending team. 

RealGM believes Love went to Boston to show Melo that he's basically going to be traded to the Celtics, which would ultimately convince Melo to accompany him, Rajon Rondo and head coach Brad Stevens.

The real question, of course, is how true this ideal depiction is for Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge? He has the pieces to make it happen, and it's not much of a long shot as some may think. 

The Celtics will have roughly $28 million to play with this offseason, and to make a quicker transition to glory, it's not impossible for the Celtics to go out and sign two max contracts (Melo and Love). 

Ainge has a ton of luxury this offseason with great trade chips (draft picks, including current and future, young, talented players and most importantly, a trade exception from the Brooklyn Nets trade last summer. 

For the Celtics to sign Anthony, they could convince him to sign for cheaper money to win, or the other option may include a sign-and-trade possibility with the New York Knicks that would consist around Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and one or two future first-round picks. 

One thing is for sure, Ainge acknowledges that he has the best package to offer to Minnesota's general manager Flip Saunders and it could come as soon as draft night.

Does Melo follow Love into Boston? Be on the watch. These "fireworks" could be an understatement. 

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34