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NBA Rumors: Cavaliers willing to trade Kevin Love; could Celtics be suitors?

NBA Rumors: Cavaliers willing to trade Kevin Love; could Celtics be suitors?

The rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly are ready to listen to trade offers for Kevin Love.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said Friday on SportsCenter the Cavs are willing to trade their veteran big man, and the Boston Celtics were one of the teams he brought up when discussing the rumors.

"Look at the teams that are playing tonight that have all had interest in the recent past with [Love]," Wojnarowski said. "Boston, Portland, Denver, he's going to be a player very much in demand and I think there's going to be a lot of conversation between Cleveland and teams all over the league about Love."

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Love would be a nice addition to a Celtics frontcourt in need of some size, but his expensive contract makes any potential trade a longshot. The 31-year-old signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland in July of 2018.

The Cavaliers entered Friday night with a 5-15 record. Love is averaging 16.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in his 12th NBA season.

The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7.

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Marcus Smart, Danny Ainge chirp each other in hilarious Twitter debate over Jaylen Brown's epic dunk

Marcus Smart, Danny Ainge chirp each other in hilarious Twitter debate over Jaylen Brown's epic dunk

Jaylen Brown has gotten a lot of attention for his dunk over LeBron James. And rightfully so. The dunk was an epic one that sparked the Boston Celtics and their fans in their 32-point win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

But not all appeared to be impressed by the dunk. And that prompted a reaction from Marcus Smart.

On Tuesday night, Smart took to Twitter to shout out Brown's effort while also hilariously chirping Celtics GM Danny Ainge for his lack of reaction to the play.

Smart does have a point about Ainge being rather unimpressed with the play considering the massive impact it had on the crowd.

But as Ainge pointed out, he's "hard to impress" and had another favorite play from the game.

And once Smart heard that, he had one message for Ainge.

Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that will be possible.

Ainge tweeted that Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren confirmed it would be a "salary cap circumvention" to buy the players lunch. But Smart wouldn't have it.

And then Zarren came in as a part of team Smart, and revealed that Danny may be going to a "local plant-based competitor" instead.

We'll soon see how Ainge responds to those scandalous accusations.

This is a pretty funny exchange all around and it's good to see that the Celtics are continuing to give off good vibes, even if it is just in a Twitter chirp-off about dunks and Chipotle.

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Reaction to Jaylen Brown posterizing LeBron James

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Celtics Talk Podcast: Reaction to Jaylen Brown posterizing LeBron James

The Boston Celtics had one of their best wins of the season on Monday night against the Los Angeles Lakers. And with it came one of the biggest plays of the season.

In the Celtics dominating 139-107 victory, Jaylen Brown had a monster dunk over NBA legend, LeBron James. The play sparked the TD Garden crowd and helped to put an end to any comeback momentum the Lakers were building in the third quarter.

Here's a look at the play, via the Celtics on NBC Sports Boston Twitter account.

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On the latest episode of "The Celtics Talk Podcast," Abby Chin and Chris Forsberg discussed how amazing the dunk was by Brown and how the C's swingman felt while making the play.

Chin spoke to Brown about what he was thinking about the dunk, and she also noted that he was more fired up than usual in the locker room after the game.

I asked him in the locker room if he knew he was dunking on LeBron as it was happening. And he said that he didn't, but he did know that it was a huge moment and loved every second of it.

Meanwhile, Forsberg marveled at Brown's athletic ability and how he was able to finish over LeBron.

Most guys jump and they come down. Jaylen went up, hit LeBron, and went higher. And I was like... that doesn't even make sense.

For more on the Celtics against the Lakers, Brown's dunk, and an exclusive 1-on-1 interview with Jayson Tatum, check out the latest episode of the Celtics Talk Podcast, which drops weekly as part of the NBC Sports Boston podcast network.

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