Kevin Love is the most valuable trade asset the Cleveland Cavs have and with the deadline approaching the team needs to look for the best value.
The Cleveland Cavs have decided to forgo building around Kevin Love and tanking. While not everyone agrees with that decision, that’s the reality that Cavs fans are in. So now the team is looking to move Kevin Love, and that means finding a way of getting the best value possible for the perennial All-Star.
So with that, let’s take a look at the best possible deals for all 29 NBA teams. Yes, not all 29 teams are going to trade for him, and fans have speculated for months which team will go after him. Yet, as we know from Detroit acquiring Blake Griffin, and Atlanta more recently acquiring Jeff Teague, clearly non-playoff teams will occasionally make big moves to bring talent in. For whatever reason. That’s why all 29 teams will be evaluated, and not just contenders or those most linked to making a move for Love.
Each team will have different assets and different options to trade for but the goal of the Cavs should be threefold. At least two should be achieved in any trade, but the goal is to nail all three. The goals for each trade are as follows:
- Reduce the money or years of Love’s deal
- Acquire draft picks in the first round
- Acquire young talent who can be built around.
We’re going to use the NBA Trade Machine to make sure the trades are able to go through. Draft picks will be included, but due to how often picks are traded, and who owns whose picks in a given year, we won’t always specify years of the pick. That said, any protections will be included.