Whatever hopes the Celtics had in landing Kevin Love just about evaporated into thin air this evening. It looks like the Cavs are willing to include Andrew Wiggins in a deal for Love and that trumps any other offer out there (including Klay Thompson).
Source: Cleveland Cavaliers now willing to include Andrew Wiggins in Kevin Love trade offer
Rumors have surfaced that the Cavaliers wouldn’t include rookie swingman Andrew Wiggins in any possible deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ star. A league source said on July 17 that the Cavs are now willing to trade the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 draft.
Up until this point, it was assumed the Cavs wanted to hang onto Wiggins, largely because of comments made by Coach David Blatt. However, a source said James wants the 6-10, 250-pound Love on the roster. And, what James wants, he normally gets.
LeBron James has reached to tell Kevin Love of his desire for them to play together with the Cavaliers, front office sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 17, 2014
The Celtics were already on the outside looking in, hoping that the Wolves wouldn't find any good offers and settling for the picks and future cap space the Celtics could offer. Even that might have necessitated waiting till sometime closer to the trade deadline to get done.
It would seem that all there is left to do is have the Cavs and Wolves work out the rest of the details and get something hammered out. Barring any major plot twists, Kevin Love is headed to Cleveland.
So where does that leave the Celtics? Will Danny Ainge switch from "listening to offers" for Rajon Rondo to "shopping" him in the near future? Or is there another plan B (or C or D) out there that we haven't thought of yet?