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The Boston Celtics will officially lose out on the services of superstar power forward Kevin Love on August 23. Once the calendar turns to that date, the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to send the first overall pick of the 2014 Draft, Andrew Wiggins, along with a few other assets to Minnesota in exchange for Love. Before Cleveland signed LeBron James, it appeared the Celtics were one of the few teams that had a chance to acquire Love, but the Cavs had plans of their own to sign the big man once James decided to head back home to Ohio.
The Celts were very vocal about the potential of a big offseason this year, but as of now their biggest moves have been re-signing Avery Bradley and acquiring free agent Evan Turner. The question the C’s now face is what to do moving forward, after co-owner Wyc Grousbeck admitted that his team missed out on the “fireworks” they had been hoping for.
What is imperative for the Celtics to figure out is the future of their star point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2014-15 season, and as the C’s roster is constructed now, they appear to not have a great sales pitch to keep the All-Star guard here in Boston. What is apparent is that the Celtics should do one of two things.
No. 1: Trade for another young and/or upcoming star to play alongside Rondo. This type of transaction could help convince Rondo to stay in Boston for the long term.
No. 2: Trade Rondo, get as many assets as they can in return and continue the course of rebuilding through the draft and free agency.
The option I believe the Celtics should and will take is the second one. As it looks now, there is not a lot of star talent available for the taking, whether via free agency or via trade. In 2015, however, the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge, Rudy Gay, and Paul Millsap are all due to become unrestricted free agents, and there are also many other stars that are either going to be restricted free agents (Reggie Jackson, Ricky Rubio) or will have player options to become unrestricted (Goran Dragić, Monta Ellis, Al Jefferson, Dwyane Wade).
The C’s did a great job drafting Marcus Smart and James Young this year, and for now they should continue to tank and acquire more high draft picks to add more young talent. The future remains uncertain for the Celts, but continuing to stay the course will be the way for them to get back on top of the Eastern Conference and, potentially, the NBA.