Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Cleveland Cavaliers, who has reportedly traded Kevin Love for Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and Jonas Jerebko of the Boston Celtics.
As the Golden State Warriors continue to build a ‘Super Team’, NBA fans are waiting for the next move of their rival, Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers and the Warriors were the two best teams from the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, in the past two seasons. After Kevin Durant made his decision, everyone agrees that the 2017 NBA Finals already belong to the Warriors.
However, LeBron James and the Cavaliers will surely find a way to bolster their roster in order to match the Warriors’ ‘Super Team’. Kevin Love has been the center of trade rumors even when the Cavaliers were still battling in the NBA Finals. The 27-year-old power forward seemed to be having a hard time achieving the expectations from him by some of his critics.
Meanwhile, the Boston Celtics are long been rumored to be interested in Kevin Love. The Celtics are currently involved in trade talks with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, there are reports saying that Blake Griffin and Russell Westbrook will not be traded to them due to several reasons.
The key element of the trade to succeed is for the Boston Celtics to sacrifice the two first-round picks they own from the Brooklyn Nets. According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, there were opposing front office members that do not want to give up either Brooklyn picks Boston can own in the next two years.
In the case of Russell Westbrook, the Boston Celtics will be risking their trade assets since he will become an unrestricted free agent next year. The main reason why the Oklahoma City Thunder is pursuing to trade him is because he does not want to extend or renegotiate his contract.
In the case of Blake Griffin, it seems like the reported trade deal is not true. If the Celtics will still proceed with the deal, they should sacrifice their two first-round picks in order for the deal to be successful.
Jacob Gries of King James Gospel suggested that Boston Celtics should trade for Kevin Love. They could send Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Jonas Jerebko to Cavaliers in order to acquire the 27-year-old power forward.
“In this scenario, the Celtics would renounce Tyler Zeller, removing his cap hold from their books and creating an extra $7 million in cap space, just enough to fit Love’s contract under the cap. While the Cavs wouldn’t receive any transformative players in return, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart are rotational pieces who can improve the team’s depth, versatility and, most importantly, defense.” Gries wrote.
The Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers will benefit if the trade deal will become successful. Kevin Love is not a bad option at all. Being a sidekick of LeBron James in the past two seasons made him make certain adjustments. When he was still playing in Minnesota, Kevin Love used to be the main focus of the team, unlike now that he is in Cleveland.
Kevin Love will be a good tandem with Al Horford. The Love-Horford frontcourt could be the most versatile and offensively talented in the entire league.
On the other hand, Jae Crowder and Marcus Smart can fill up the positions needed by the Cavaliers. Matthew Dellavedova recently joined the Milwaukee Bucks and Smart could be the perfect replacement. Jae Crowder will now fill up the position of Kevin Love. Crowder is a much better defensive player than Love which is what LeBron James really need in order for him to maintain his focus on the offensive end.
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