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NBA Rumors: Kevin Love Would Salvage the Boston Celtics' Sinking Ship

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves drives around Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Boston Celtics on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 96-93. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2012

If Danny Ainge could steal All-Star power forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves via restricted free agency or trade, it would be the kind of move that turns the whole organization around.

While the big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen had their run of success, father time is catching up with them and it’s time for the Celtics to start moving past these players.

With Allen and Garnett’s contracts up after this season, Ainge will have plenty of money to make kind of bold moves necessary to get Boston younger—and fast.

The biggest and best possible move would be grabbing Love. While trading for him may work, there is a chance that the Celtics may be able to woo him to Boston if he becomes a restricted free agent.

Celtics insider for the Boston Globe Gary Washburn shares a possible move that the team may be considering if all the right pieces fall into place:

The Celtics will be buyers, and Ainge will have a chance to attract players strictly with cash. One thing he is keeping abreast of is the progress of contract negotiations with fourth-year free agents such as Kevin Love. All fourth-year players have until Wednesday to sign extensions with their current teams or they become restricted free agents.

As big of a move as setting up the big three was, this offseason could be the most important in Ainge’s career as a GM. While building a champion team was tough, making sure the team continues to be a contender is even tougher.

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 03:  Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves wipes his face in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics on January 3, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Timberwolves 96-93. NOTE TO USER:
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As it looks right now, Paul Pierce would stay in Boston as one of the centerpieces. The Celtics would then allow Allen and Garnett to walk via free agency, so they would have enough money to go after Love in the restricted free-agency market.

That is, of course, if Minnesota screws up and allows him to walk.

If Ainge were somehow able to get the power forward from the Wolves to the Celtics and surround the trio of Pierce, Rondo and Love with the right pieces, their return to glory would be even more glorious than their first run.

Kevin love wearing that Celtics’ green would be the biggest coup in the NBA in the longest time.

 

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