If Kevin Love becomes available in free agency -- and it sounds like there a chance he does -- then our Town Fair Tire Sports Tonight crew thinks that the Celtics should pursue him.
CSN NBA Analyst Tim Welsh said that he would "absolutely" take Kevin Love.
"He fits in as a guy that can score, an up-front scorer. They (the Celtics) don't have that. They're built on guys, a lot of wing players ... they've got the two tough guards out front with (Avery) Bradley and (Marcus) Smart that can really defend," Welsh said. "And I think the thing with Kevin Love, too -- and other free agent will obviously look at -- is what Brad Stevens has done. He's kind of resurrected a lot of different guys here in a short period of time."
Welsh cited players like Evan Turner, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Jonas Jerebko, who have all found success in Boston. Stevens knows how to put players in a position to excel offensively, and he could be the perfect coach to give Love's career new life.
"I think that's Brad Stevens' brilliance as a offensive mind, putting guys in the right spots that they really can take advantage of what their strengths are on the basketball court," Welsh said. "I think that's what Kevin Love needs. You see him in Cleveland and he's really not in the right spots."
To hear the entire discussion, check out the video above.
Anthony Davis' future was among the hot topics in Charlotte during the NBA's All-Star Weekend.
The New Orleans Pelicans center revealed during All-Star media availability Saturday that the Boston Celtics are on his list of acceptable trade destinations, contrary to reports before the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
The Celtics weren't able to trade for Davis before the deadline because of a league rule (explained here), but they presumably will get their chance to pull off a deal this summer.
Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving -- the team's lone All-Star Game participant -- was asked by The Athletic's Joe Vardon for his take on Davis' apparent change of heart on Boston, and the 26-year-old superstar didn't have much to say on the matter.
6. I asked Irving after Sunday’s game what he made of Davis’ adding of the Celtics to his list. “Oh, he did, did he?” Irving said. “I don’t think I have a comment on that right now.”
Irving figures to be a key piece in any Davis-to-Boston scenario. He can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and recently has been less adamant about re-signing in Boston than he was in October. If Irving re-signs with the C's, perhaps that would convince Davis that Boston is a good destination for him in 2019-20 and beyond. Davis isn't eligible for free agency until the summer of 2020. Irving and Davis, as Vardon and others have noted, also are friends.
It's going to be fascinating to see how the Davis drama plays out after the season, and if the Los Angeles Lakers get another chance to land him after a public failure to do so at the deadline. It's just another story in what figures to be an absolutely crazy summer that could see several marquee players switch teams.
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