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Can't hurry Love

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Another Kevin in Boston? Not so fast, Celtics fans.BOSTON -- Kevin Love sauntered into Boston's lyric little baseball park last weekend and -- just like that -- suddenly the possibilities seemed endless for a storied basketball franchise that has a deeply scarred psyche when it comes to luring top talent to town.

Love is under contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves for another season, so he's not a free agent, but when the bruising All-Star was spotted lounging in the Fenway stands, hangin' with Rajon Rondo and sipping Sam Adams, it led to wildly hopeful speculation that Love would not only welcome a trade to the Boston Celtics, he would be willing to sign an extension that would enable him to roam the parquet alongside Rondo for years to come, the way Kevin Garnett once did.

In fact, team and league sources confirm, that's a scenario that Love is willing to consider.

That immediately led to speculation that if Love came into the fold, then maybe Carmelo Anthony would be willing to opt out of his contract and join Rondo and Love to form their own version of a new-age big three that would return the Celtics to glory.

And, if Boston actually was able to reach contender status again, perhaps Paul Pierce (he and Love are both represented by Jeff Schwartz) would return at a sage veteran hometown discount to complete his career with the team he never wanted to leave in the first place.

There's only one problem with all these dizzying (and highly speculative) scenarios: They are meaningless unless the first domino -- Love actually coming to Boston -- falls. According to team and league sources, that isn't happening any time soon because the Timberwolves are less than enamored with what Boston can offer them.

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