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Kevin Love trade: Cavaliers willing to send Love to Kings for Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein?

Cavaliers willing to send Love to Kings for Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping to get the right mixture from its roster to make a title defense this season. Trade rumors suggest that the Cavaliers are willing to send Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings for Rudy Gay and Willie Cauley-Stein.

With the proposed deal, the Cavaliers strengthen their starting unit especially since they have parted ways with J. R. Smith. If the deal takes place, the Cavaliers will have Kay Felder, Kyrie Irving, Gay, LeBron James, and Tristan Thompson. Cauley-Stein could also be an option along with Thompson and Chris Anderson.

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Gay would be a suitable shooting forward and not Iman Shumpert. He could be an option on offense as he averages 17.2 points, 1.7 assists and 6.5 rebounds a game. With Gay in the starting unit, the Cavaliers could slide Shumpert to coming off the bench while they could go big with James taking the power forward position.

That proposed unit would have an impact as they could very well go on to defend their title this coming season. The deal would also address concerns over Kevin Love’s sloppy performance that made him ineffective in the Cavaliers’ offense.

Going to the Kings, Love could very well be paired with DeMarcus Cousins down the shaded area. They would end up with Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo, and Matt Barnes. The Kings would then put Ben McLemore coming off the bench to lead their second unit.

Having Cousins and Love at the same time would give the Kings more option in the low post area. This could also revive Love’s passion for getting the ball down low and have Cousins, Afflalo, and Barnes as passing options.

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Many may say that having Boogie and Love would give the Kings defensive problems but it may have another effect. Cousins showed that he can dominate the center spot during the recent Rio Olympics and Love has improved his game in the preseason. This deal, which is plausible, could be what the Kings want.

It would be interesting to see if both the Cavaliers and the Kings explore this deal. It would be a make or break decision but everything is worth the risk especially for the Cavaliers, who would want to keep their crown.

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