If the Cleveland Cavaliers are going to make the playoffs this season, Kevin Love’s stat line is going to need to return to that of what it was when he was an All-Star with Minnesota Timberwolves.
Love, who is fresh off signing a multi-year extension, will need to average 26 points and 12 rebounds a game for the Cavs to contend.
Plus, Love still gives the Cavs’ a deep threat from 3-point range and the last time I checked, he’s still 6-foot-10, so his ability to stretch the floor is still there.
That skillset is something to consider with rookie Collin Sexton on board. The eighth overall pick in last summer’s draft is a talented player, but his best skills is driving to the hoop. Having Love on the receiving end of some passes may help Sexton bump up his assist game.
Love’s name is sure to come up in trade rumors, and those will continue to fly considering the team friendly extension Love signed.
It’s a four-year, $120 million year, but his the salary actually goes town in the final two years. Love took $8 million less than what he could’ve earned signing a max deal.
Not sure if he finishes that contract in Cleveland, but one thing’s for sure: He’s the most most recognizable face on the Cavs’ Mount Rushmore.