Boston Celtics: 5 Players Team Should Target Over Kevin Love

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Apr 12, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) loses the ball as he tries to get around Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay (22) at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Enough is enough.

The NBA Finals are now concluded, the San Antonio Spurs–as well as the rest of the NBA–may have to say goodbye to Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, Carmelo Anthony is about to bolt from New York, and the best draft class in the past decade is ready to slip on their new team’s hat.

Yet still, Kevin Love is what we’re all talking about.

Whether it be him visiting Boston, talking about Boston, or even refusing to answer questions about Boston, everything is taken as evidence that Love will be a member of the Boston Celtics next year. Well, Celtics fans should hope the rumors are just rumors, because there are plenty of other options that the Cs could pursue this summer instead of the sharp-shooting big–options that wouldn’t cost them half of their roster.

So, taking that into consideration, here are five players the Celtics would be better off targeting this summer over Kevin Love:

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Tags: Aaron Gordon Boston Celtics Greg Monroe Luol Deng Marcin Gortat Rudy Gay

  • http://HonkasaloAnalytics.com Mika Honkasalo

    Cool article but not a huge fan of Monroe, offensive bigs that struggle on D that don’t stretch the floor just aren’t very valuable. Unless you’re like the best offensive big in the league.

    • Jon Shames

      I see where you’re coming from, Mika, but I really think Monroe has the potential to be one of the best offensive bigs in the NBA. He would compliment the Celtics’ bigs well; pair a low-post, in-the-paint guy with someone like Jared Sullinger or Kelly Olynyk who get a decent amount of their looks from 14 ft. and beyond, and you have a versatile and dynamic frontcourt attack.

      The defense is definitely something to be concerned about, especially when you look at who he’s going to be teaming with in the middle. Neither Olynyk nor Sully are defensive stoppers, and adding Monroe could exemplify just how bad the team’s paint protection really is. Anyway, thanks for the feedback!

      • http://HonkasaloAnalytics.com Mika Honkasalo

        Yeah It’s kind of a resource allocation issue. Like Love and Pekovic are awesome on the offensive end together and I like the whole inside out thing but they could’ve really used a rim protector next to love. Dieng actually filled that role admirably when Pek was gone.

        • Jon Shames

          Funny that you bring up Dieng…I was actually highly considering adding Larry Sanders to this article, but to me, the reason Monroe got the nod was because defensive shortcomings can be covered up a hell of a lot better than offensive ones, especially when a team already has a patented defensive style that’s in the top-12 for points allowed. I like having Dieng at the five for Minni because the team doesn’t necessarily need the additional fire power; in the beginning of the season, if I recall correctly, Pek was struggling to find touches! For Boston, though, they need extra scoring wherever they can get it, and that’s where Monroe triumphs the list over Sanders.
          Also: Let’s not forget that the Cs were able to be a very solid defensive team with 6’9, 260-lb. Jared Sullinger playing center for most of the season.

  • Casey Plunkett

    In the chance that rumors of Houston’s intent on attracting Melo are true:
    Could Boston Acquire Chandler Parsons; using its available trade exemption and multitude of future draft picks to facilitate such? Another team would have to be involved likely costing Boston another 1st rounder etc, but even that could open the possibility of a sign and trade for Gordon Hayward should Utah be hesitant to “overpay” for his service during a full fledged rebuild.

    • 123Star

      RONDO HAS TO BE THE GUY TO GO, FOR ANY GOOD TRADES TO BE MADE.

      • Casey Plunkett

        Houston gets to unload Lin and Asik to create room to pursue Melo. Boston uses its trade exemption on for Asik but also demands Parsons in exchange for future draft considerations etc. The Jazz take on Bass and Bogans so that Houston as the major portion of the trade and work a sign and trade for Hayward receiving picks from Boston.
        It can work, Ainge would just need to place a greater value on players that have proven they can succeed in the league and give up on the likely futile pursuit after a current all star.
        Starting 5: Rondo, Hayward, Parsons, Sullinger, Asik is a team that can compete.

        • 123Star

          Rondo runs his own game, having said that, when rebuilding your looking for youth and Speed. GREEN also must go along with Bass. Give me LIN over Rondo, faster and can shoot. Rondo is always looking for his assists. Doug McDermott would be great along S.Napier in the draft, and whatever for rondo.