Cavs Will Trade Kevin Love To Portland Trail Blazers
The Cavs will trade Kevin Love to the Portland Trail Blazers, if the veteran big man has his way.
Heading into this season it was clear that Cleveland was in the midst of a rebuild. The team’s roster is currently a mashup of veteran holdovers from the LeBron James days like Tristan Thompson, and young foundational pieces like Colin Sexton.
As time goes on, it is becoming increasingly apparent that there is really no need to keep around guys like Love and Thompson. Both would be better served being shipped off to playoff teams or contenders in return for more foundational pieces.
So far this season Love is averaging 15.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. He is still a very productive role player, and if he stays healthy, he could be a huge help to the right team.
For Cleveland, moving Love would provide them with the opportunity to unload his $90 million, 3-year deal.
According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Love would really appreciate the opportunity to join the Blazers.
“Love would prefer to play for his hometown Portland Trail Blazers, according to multiple league sources,” he wrote.
“The Blazers make perfect sense as a destination for Love; they need help for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum after the team has been decimated by injuries.”
The move would allow the Blazers the opportunity to really exploit a size advantage over other teams.
“Portland could then play big upfront, which would be valuable in a series against a team with a bigger frontcourt, like the Lakers,” O’Connor continued.
“Or, it could go with Love at center, which could be useful against the Rockets, who often size down with P.J. Tucker at center.”
If Portland were willing to part with either Hassan Whiteside or Kent Bazemore, they could easily acquire Love.
The Blazers are currently more than two games out of the No. 8 seed in the West. They obviously need to do something if they want to return to the perch they were on last year.
Is Love going to single-handedly save their entire season? Obviouisly not.
Could he offer them a huge boost? Absolutely.