If the NBA was “Die Hard,” Danny Ainge would be the general manager equivalent of John McClane. Dude will crawl through the vents of an office building and walk barefoot on broken glass to give his Boston Celtics the slightest chance at improving their roster, and in his eyes, Kevin Love has been his primary target…and he’s been held hostage by the Cleveland Cavaliers for the last two years.
According to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast SportsNet New England, Ainge may be covered in blood with his hands in the air, but he’s still got a trick up his sleeve (or, if we’re sticking with this metaphor, duct taped to his back).
[CSNNE] Cleveland’s growing interest in New Orleans’ Ryan Anderson bodes well in Boston’s seemingly never-ending quest to acquire Kevin Love in what’s shaping up to be a potential three-team deal that would include the Boston Celtics.
The particulars of the deal are still in the discussion phase, but the end result if it comes to pass would send Love to Boston, according to a league source.
The deal is still “very fragile” at this point, but it does provide Boston the best shot it has had in landing a player the Celtics have coveted for some time now.
Boston has spent a significant amount of time in recent weeks trying to convince the Cavs to part ways with Love, only to be rebuffed.
The Celtics have pursued bringing a third team into the mix as a way of sweetening the deal to Cleveland’s liking.
Anderson is currently in the final year of a $34 million deal he signed back in 2012, and is expected to leave New Orleans this summer as an unrestricted free agent, who could fetch upwards of $17 million a season. Love still has four years and $94 million left on his current contract.
The 2015-16 NBA trade deadline ends at today at 3:00 pm EST. Good luck figuring out how you’re gonna be the hero this time around, Danny. The clock’s ticking.