Hey you, go to sleep, or maybe you'll read this in the morning...for you night owls like me, Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald just dropped a huge load on Twitter less than an hour ago with this nugget:
Celtics waiting game is labor of Love | Boston Herald
If the Celtics cannot get Love, they are planning to continue with the longer and more methodical rebuilding process, a process that would likely see Rajon Rondo traded. (An NBA source said they would also have a taker for Jeff Green if they chose to move him.)
So far, according to a source, they have offered the Nos. 6 and 17 picks in this year’s draft, Kelly Olynyk and one of their own future No. 1 picks. They also own two more first-rounders from the Nets and one from the Clippers after this season, and the Celts are said to be certainly willing to discuss different combinations of their assets.
Let's sort through everything Bulpett mentioned:
- If the Celtics can't get Kevin Love, it sure sounds like they're going to go with a full rebuild. Rajon Rondo might get traded, which is something I've speculated about for awhile. Maybe it wouldn't happen as soon as draft night, but you never know (hello, Orlando or Sacramento).
- Bulpett also reports that the Celtics have "a taker" lined up for Jeff Green if they go in that direction. This is relevant since it has been previously reported that Green had little value; maybe teams are finally starting to realize he's actually pretty good value at his price tag.
- It looks like Kelly Olynyk is reportedly included in the deal instead of Jared Sullinger. This would disappointment me because I don't think many bigs in the NBA can do the types of things Olynyk can do with the ball in his hands. However, including Olynyk might mean keeping one extra first round draft pick in the future, which arguably makes it worth it.
If you follow me on Twitter, you know I've not given the time of day to these latest Golden State rumors and what not. It's a totally garbage rumor that happens to come out a week before the draft. It's pure public posturing and nothing more. Trading 101, like skills you pick up after years of playing fantasy sports.
Sorry, don't waste your time on it. Their offer might be the best when it's all said and done, but the story itself is meaningless. And you know what, so is this one, because as Austin Ainge himself said earlier today:
Austin Ainge on rumors: "Ignore all of it. It’s all planted. Anyone willing to talk even off the record this time of year has an agenda."— Mark Murphy (@Murf56) June 19, 2014
But that doesn't mean there isn't some truth to the stories that get blasted out there, like Bulpett's from tonight. I'm sure that there might be a contingency plan to attempt to trade guys like Rondo and Green if Love can't be acquired; because you and I both know that the Celtics aren't bringing in any other top free agents or trade acquisitions this summer if they don't land Love.
Don't get too overworked about this story or the many stories that will come out over the course of the next few days though, because we'll all find out what's really going to happen sometime on Tuesday or Wednesday.