The Boston Celtics are getting serious in getting Kevin Love this summer. Rumors are swirling that they are revisiting options that would bring Love to play for the Celtics next season.
Celtics general manager Danny Ainge attended recently a workout with Excel Sports Management clients in New York City. RealGM noted that Ainge met with Jeff Schwartz, the agent who represents Love, as well as Golden State Warriors’ Harrison Barnes, who will also be a restricted free agent this summer. Though no details about their meeting have been discussed with the media, many are speculating that the Celtics could be inquiring on possibilities of revisiting their offers for a trade for Love or inquiring about Brandon Ingram, who is a client of Excel and is considered a contender for this year’s overall pick.
The Celtics have been linked with Love for the last two years and they are hoping that their persistence will give them a chance in convincing Love to move in with them and help them in their cause for next season. Another speculation linked to the meeting on Ainge and Schwartz is that the Celtics could have also been inquiring possibilities of also going for Harrison Barnes this summer.
Depending on how the NBA Finals will end, the Celtics will for sure lay out an offer sheet with Love as ESPN’s Zach Lowe pointed out as reported by Masslive.com that the Celtics made an offer for Love before the trading deadline in Feb. and their longing to sign him up has not yet stopped. League insiders noted that Love’s performance has dwindled a bit unlike his performance back when he was playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Celtics are hoping that he could unleash that beast in him with them.
“Boston made an offer for Love at the deadline, sources have told ESPN.com, and though the Cavs found it (dissatisfying),” Lowe wrote, “the Celtics may call again if other stars higher on their list aren’t available.”
Love signed a five-year contract with the Cavaliers and this season he has a base salary of $19.7 million while next season he has a base salary of $21.2 million. He also has a player option to his contract by 2019 and if the Celtics would make an offer it would take more than $113.2 million to make him move to play for them.
It is still unclear as to what Ainge and Schwartz have discussed during their meeting in New York. Although one thing is clear, the Celtics will pick third overall this June 23 while assessing their chances of getting either Love or Barnes from the free agency market as they are also linked with Chicago Bulls in discussing a trade for the draft pick including Jimmy Butler in the mix.
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