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Report: Celtics could acquire Kevin Love in ‘very fragile’ three-way trade involving Ryan Anderson

Kevin Love

FILE- In this April 23, 2105, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) looks to pass during the first quarter of a first-round NBA playoff basketball game in Boston. Love, whose arm was yanked from the socket on Sunday by Boston’s Kelly Olynyk during Game 4, had the operation at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)


The Cavaliers were reportedly talking about a three-way trade that would send Kevin Love to the Celtics and Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks to Cleveland. The Cavs were also reportedly discussing dealing for the Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson.

Combine those rumors and you get…

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

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.

This sounds like wishful thinking by the Celtics, who’ve long coveted Love.

The Cavaliers could make a smaller trade for Anderson, whose salary would fit into their trade exception. The Pelicans might just want draft picks before losing him in free agency.

Anderson would provide helpful depth as another stretch four. However, he’d be somewhat redundant with Love and insanely expensive given the luxury-tax hit if Cleveland doesn’t unload other salary. If Dan Gilbert is willing to pay, there’s little drawback. But it’s a high price for a backup, albeit an excellent one, who plays a similar style to the starter.

However, if the Cavs are considering trading Kevin Love, Anderson’s availability helps. Cleveland could upgrade elsewhere – Melo in a four-way trade? – and get a decent Love substitute in Anderson.

Could that be the ticket to Boston finally getting Love?

It’s a longshot, but at least it’s a shot.