Following LeBron James’ decision to join the Lakers Sunday, the Cleveland Cavaliers future is totally up in the air.
James’ departure leaves them in an awful state of limbo, with an ageing roster not capable of challenging for a title and unlikely to even reach the postseason.
So, does the way forward involve blowing the roster up and going into full rebuild mode in the mould of the Celtics? Or will Kolby Altman try and add another All Star to play alongside Kevin Love?
The original train of thought was that Cleveland would move forward with Love as the centrepiece of it’s roster, but that might not be the path of choice.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic the Cavs would reportedly consider dealing Love with the view to build around their younger pieces, namely rookie guard Collin Sexton.
“They’re certainly no longer championship contenders. Despite insistence from the organization that they are not interested in trading Love, multiple sources from around the league insist they are indeed open to moving him. It makes perfect sense to deal him now.” Lloyd wrote.
Moving Love on now for a package of young shooters and future picks would certainly be a wise move, and there would be no shortage of contenders that would be prepared to put something together to secure the five-time All Star’s services.
Love’s contract off the books would give them a lot more flexibility moving forward, and that will only increase when JR Smith and Tristan Thompson’s hefty deals eventually expire too.
The former TWolves star’s stock isn’t as high as it once was, but his ability to stretch the floor and shoot a strong percentage from three whilst snagging double-digit boards most games is invaluable to a championship calibre team.
Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 boards per game last season whilst knocking down an impressive 41.5% of his shots from beyond the arc.
As for potential suitors, the Thunder could be an option if some kind of buyout is agreed between themselves and Carmelo Anthony, whilst the Sixers could also show some interest should they fail to reach a deal for Kawhi Leonard.
And, speaking of Leonard, the Spurs could be an outside chance to make a deal for Love involving the former Finals MVP. Love is the kind of player that Gregg Popovich would certainly get the best out of and they’d certainly prefer to send Leonard to a non contender in any deal.