Kevin Love’s people reiterated to the Timberwolves this past week that they had better trade him or else he’ll leave via free agency when his contract is up after next season. With Love looking to exit, there’s your No. 1 reason the T-wolves have not been able to find a head coach to take over for Rick Adelman. Love wants to play for the Lakers but he’s also open to coming to the Knicks.
The same article noted that Dan Gilbert and James Dolan are problems for their teams due to their meddling. The article was very negative towards Gilbert, stating new GM David Griffin has no power, that the Cavs have been rejected by Kevin Ollie already and that getting LeBron James back in free agency is a pipe dream (that last part might be right). Interestingly they follow up all of that with Chris Paul talking about his terrible owner, Donald Sterling, but not using him as an excuse. Back to Love, Yahoo Sports also reported that Flip Saunders is finally open to the idea of trading Love:
“For the first time, [Saunders] sounds like looking at deals for [Love] is an option,” one rival executive told Yahoo Sports.
No team is likely to trade for Love without an assurance that he’ll commit to a five-year, $100 million maximum contract extension. Despite a belief that Love prefers Los Angeles or New York as a potential destination, he’s open to deals in other markets where he can be part of an immediate contender, sources said.
The Cavs have long been linked to Love for a number of reasons. First many thought the Cavs wanted to trade for Love as a setup for James to return and have a big 3 of Kyrie Irving, James and Love. With Griffin on board Love also fits his desire for big men who can shoot. If Love really is on the market expect the Cavs to make a big push for him. While the Lakers or Knicks seem like his preferred destination, the Cavaliers may be able to get him to see the long term plan in place with Griffin.
One issue that may not be a problem for the Cavs is Love’s extension. The Cavs may be willing to give up whatever ransom the T’Wolves command without the assurances that he will sign an extension with the team. The Cavs then try to lure another player via free agency and try to succeed with Irving, Love, the free agent and whatever is left of the team after the trade. Could the Cavs move Dion Waiters? How many first round picks would they be willing to add without knowing if Love will stick around? Should the Cavs go all in for a player who hasn’t been able to carry a team and who struggles on defense?
Do you think Love will be traded? If so, how much should the Cavs be willing to give up without knowing Love will sign an extension? Would Irving and Love be a title contender together?