Kevin Love has supporters still
One player who may or may not be gone by the time the Ben Simmons-trade fiasco gets resolved is Kevin Love. Love is not expected to be part of the team come 2021, and may actually be in the Simmons-trade-package should a deal get done. Most fans won’t mind, as he’s become a pariah in Cleveland for his refusal to take a buyout, but it turns out that there are still some out there that think he’s the cat’s pajamas.
Love’s biggest in-game supporter is former Cavs assistant coach James Posey. Posey believes Love has something left in those lies, telling Sirius XM NBA Radio;
"He knows what it takes to win, and also just now with him being the older statesman on the team, just showing his leadership value,” Posey said on a recent episode of SiriusXM NBA Radio. “You look at teams that could possibly use his talents. He’s a great shooter. He’s spacing the floor. I just think for an opportunity for him to win another championship, I think teams should look into getting Kevin Love. For him, I think he would be a totally different player just by understanding those things as far as what he brings to the team. Just like I said, learning earlier from LeBron James and his leadership, and also showing his growth and maturity. So physically and mentally, if he’s able, and he’s all right with that, he should be a great player for any team."
Despite that, Love isn’t expected to play very much, with Chris Fedor reporting that Love will see very limited minutes.
"Sources say initial conversations have centered on Allen, Mobley and Markkanen falling somewhere between 26-30 minutes per night — even though it likely won’t be an even split. The low end would leave about 18 a game for Love. The higher end would only give him somewhere between 6-12 per night. Would Love be happy with such a small workload? Adding Markkanen means the answers to that question doesn’t matter nearly as much as it once did."
Love, likely getting 12+ minutes a night is not good for his trade value, which is already a negative value. The only real way he gets traded and not to perceived favorite landing spot Los Angeles, or the city he said he wants to play in, being Portland.
That’s the sad fate for Love, he’ll likely, if at all, be dealt as part of a Simmons package, sending him to Philadelphia, where the fanbase will come down harder on him than the Cavs’ base ever could.
But hey, who needs to worry about crazed fans when you get your sweet sweet money.