With the NBA 2016-2017 season just around the corner teams around the league are trying to maximize their options, utilize whatever leverage they may get to achieve their targets. NBA rumors have Kevin Love trade to the Heat, as they prepare for Chris Bosh to eventually retire.
The Cavs has been trying to shoot down NBA rumors that entail Kevin Love being shipped elsewhere.
In spite of the long-standing theories about him being the odd man out in a championship team led by stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, it looks like Kevin Love will remain in Cleveland, but still, NBA rumors are starting out that he’s being considered as a replacement for Chris Bosh who didn’t get a medical clearance to come back this season.
Part of the reason for the Kevin Love trade notions was spun by his poor performance last season. But according to a report by WKYC, he’s been working out hard during the off-season.
“I’m way ahead of the game. Even being out there last week, brushing up against the guys, it was just a lot different getting off on the right foot just as far as training went this offseason.” Kevin Love said.
“Being able to train my upper body in the offseason was huge for me. That was something you almost take for granted, but it was great to be able to do.”
A Kevin Love trade to Miami could be a great strategic move to buttress their power forward position, especially if Chris Bosh finally decides to retire. But even if he doesn’t, it’d still be a wise move, as it would be likely that Chris Bosh would be given enough time to adjust being away from the game for so long.
It’d give Kevin Love the playing minutes needed to jell with the Heat and get back to his winning ways. But sending off Goran Dragic, Justise Winslow and Josh McRoberts join LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would substantially dilute their small forward position.
And would those 3 replacements for Kevin Love be worth the risk for the defending champs? Analysts believe it’d hardly be the case. However, Goran Dragic would come in quite handy in case J.R. Smith opts not to re-sign with the Cavs in spite of LeBron James pushing for it.
But insiders believe that seems unlikely, as J.R. Smith knows his place belongs in Cleveland. And it’d be an honor for anyone to spend the season defending that NBA title.
The NBA rumor works well on the financial aspect, but it is unlikely to gain traction given the overall need or sense for it.
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