There's no waiving of the white flag just yet, but the Boston Celtics appear to be ready to move on from their pursuit of Minnesota star Kevin Love, league sources tell CSNNE.com.
"The more teams step up and show interest in Love, the further Boston falls in the pack," a source said on Wednesday. "Danny's a smart guy. He knows when to keep pushing for something and when to move on."
That's why the Celtics are reportedly among the clubs to express some interest in being a third team to help facilitate a trade involving Love to what one source said has become his "preferred" destination, Cleveland.
The Cavaliers are said to be in the lead, with Andrew Wiggins as a centerpiece to the deal. Golden State is resisting offering Klay Thompson, who is better than any player Boston would offer (since they won't trade Rondo), and Chicago has a reported offer that includes Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic, and Doug McDermott.
Still, what's more likely, that the Celtics have indeed dropped out of talks for what Danny Ainge hasn't exactly hidden is what he wants: another round of superstar acquisitions like he made in 2007? Or that this is a leverage move to remove themselves from rumors and let the market simmer to potentially allow them to re-enter later?
What? The Celtics using the media to craft a narrative?
This is my shocked face.