Kevin Love has been a target of so many trade rumors and he does not mind it well. But rumors are still persistent that the Cavaliers would send Love to the Wizards in exchange for Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris.
NBA Trade Rumors noted that to make the speculative trade even happen is to spice to the talks to make it sound more convincing. It stated that both the Cavaliers and the Wizards are willing to swap their respective 2017 first round draft picks aside from the trade.
The Love-to-Wizard trade rumors were at its peak after LeBron James and crew won their first championship title in franchise history. Many saw Love’s potentials when he was with the Timberwolves were not seen in Cleveland. Love’s numbers in his two years with the Timberwolves were relatively higher as compared to his two years with the Cavaliers.
Others see Love as an “outsider” who was the last offensive option after James and Kyrie Irving. Both players would love to go on isolation plays and would dish out on the last-minute to either Love or to their other teammates. Whereas during his time with the Timberwolves, Love was the main anchor of the offense getting pretty much passes from point guard Ricky Rubio.
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Even during the Finals against the Warriors, Love was a non-factor for the team both on defense or offense. Going to the Wizards, Love could relieve the pressure from John Wall and would be a solid addition to helping out the team’s young core.
If ever both the Cavaliers and the Wizards would consider the trade, the Cavaliers would end up winning. They will have a firm rim protector in Gortat, who many see as the most consistent big man around the league. He and Tristan Thompson could give the Cavaliers the much-needed advantage inside the paint.
As for Morris, his five-years with the Wizards have made him an effective player coming off the bench. He averaged a decent 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. The Cavaliers really need solid numbers from their bench and Morris could help them in that department.
However, having Love on the Wizards’ roster will bring a new dimension to their style of play. Love would be considered an instant threat together with Wall and would be reminiscing his pick-and-roll playing days with the Timberwolves. That is something that Love has missed since James and Irving almost hold on to the ball every night.
Though many may see the rumored trade as absurd, but if both the Cavaliers and the Wizards will carefully look at it, it could be plausible. However, they might just go on with the assets that they have in place going into the season.
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