Kevin Love caused quite a stir when he decided to take an unannounced trip to Boston over the weekend. Things didn’t settle down after a photo surfaced on Twitter Sunday afternoon, showing the Timberwolves forward embracing the Celtics guard Rajon Rondo outside of a bar in Boston.
So it comes as no surprise that on Monday, Rondo was faced with a handful of questions from reporters at the Celtics’ training facility regarding the exchange shared between the two NBA stars. Rondo remained coy about his meeting with Love, referring to his meeting as brief while insisting he didn’t try to sell Boston to Love.
“I talked to Kevin for about 39 seconds. It wasn’t too long. We didn’t talk a lot.”
“No, the only pitch that was thrown I think was Boston Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, he threw out a couple pitches,” Rondo joked. “I didn’t pitch anything. I just told Love to enjoy his time here.”
“So when I saw Kevin, I spoke to him. I wished him good luck here — his time in Boston. He spent a couple days here in Boston. I told him I was spending a couple months here in Boston.”
While stating that the Celtics would improve with a player like Love, Rondo also acknowledges this is all speculation at the moment.
“I think we’d be a lot better if you add a guy like Kevin,” Rondo said. “He’s a range-shooting 4, he’s going to help on the glass — obviously we haven’t been the best on the glass the past couple years. But he’ll do a better job in that aspect.
“But this is all speculation. Nothing is happening, nothing is set in stone. So we could talk about Kevin all day, or we could mention Carmelo Anthony’s name. Nothing’s happened. We have a couple weeks left before the draft, things might shake up around that time, you never know. It’s a long summer until the beginning of training camp.”
Rondo is expected to be an unrestricted free agent next summer. However don’t expect to hear any talks about the future from this Celtics’ guard.
“At the end of the day, I want to win. I want to win now,” Rondo said. “And I’m sure Danny will have the guys in here that we’ll be able to compete for a title. I don’t just want to make the playoffs or get to the first or second round. When I compete, or when I make it to the playoffs, I expect to win every time.”
“I don’t like change, really,” he said. “I’m pretty comfortable. I have a beautiful home here. I love it here. I have a great neighbor, the best neighbor in the world. I don’t want to leave. It’s just part of the process that I’ll talk about once the season is over.”
Rondo is living in the moment and when next summer comes he will address his plans then and not now. As for Love, he still has time to take a few more unannounced trips before training camp begins in Minnesota.