The Boston Celtics were clear about their intentions of not going through another rebuild after losing Kyrie Irving. Instead, they signed Kemba Walker from the Charlotte Hornets on a 4-year, $140 million contract, leaving no space to doubts about their plans for the upcoming season. They’re looking for dominance in the East and the NBA title next season.
Moreover, after replacing Irving, now is time to focus on the issues they have in the frontcourt. They lost both Al Horford and Aron Baynes in the summer and are in need of a big man. That being said, according to Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report, one of the players that the Celtics could target on the trade market is Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the proposed trade the Celtics will be sending Gordon Hayward, a 2020 first-round pick, and a 2022 first-round pick to the Cavaliers in exchange for Love.
“Adding Love to Walker and Tatum would give Boston its latest Big Three, pushing it back toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Hayward’s contract (two years, $66.9 million) has become a burden on Boston’s salary cap, and the C’s would likely have to attach draft picks to get rid of it. The Cavs would get the Celtics’ first-round picks in 2020 (unprotected) and 2022 (lottery protected)—essentially one for giving up Love and another for taking back Hayward’s contract. While Love is due a hefty amount himself (four years, $120 million), he’s a far better player than Hayward and gives Boston the All-Star power forward it desperately needs.”
Albeit he’s not the best defender, Kevin Love will surely be an improvement to Gordon Hayward in Boston. He’s well known for his capacity to drill triples and is an All-Star caliber big man, who knows how to play alongside other stars.
Love proved that during his days with the Cleveland Cavaliers when he shared touches with Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, so he probably won’t have any troubles doing the same with Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum.
Last season, the 30-year-old power forward posted 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 38.5 percent shooting from the field and 36.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
This could a win-win trade for both parties, as the Cavs will be receiving a veteran player who even though is not the same he used to be, can be a good mentor for their young assets. It seems like a good scenario, but only these two teams can decide which path they will follow.