Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge had a “borderline obsession” when it came to acquiring Kevin Love last summer, but Ainge’s affection for Love has cooled a bit, according to Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald.
The Celtics have been mentioned as a popular destination for Love if he chooses to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers this offseason, but Ainge reportedly isn’t quite as keen on acquiring the power forward because of some injury concerns and how Boston’s roster has changed over the last year. This is despite the fact that the Celtics could potentially sign Love outright instead of having to give up significant assets to get him.
Furthermore, while Bulpett reports that Boston is an intriguing option to Love, the big man has repeatedly said he plans on being in Cleveland next season. Grantland’s Zach Lowe reports Cavaliers general manager David Griffin insists the team wants Love back, even though Cleveland has made it to the Finals and could win it all with Tristan Thompson as the starting power forward in place of the injured Love. Paying both Love and Thompson could be considered overkill and would cost a lot, but the Cavaliers would be better with both on the roster moving forward.
Love has his options, but for right now, it’s looking like the Celtics could wind up as an “afterthought” for him this offseason.