The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to defend their first NBA championship by bringing back the core of the champion team that beat the Golden State Warriors. However, that’s not stopping some quarters from involving LeBron James’ team to wild NBA trade rumors, one including a blockbuster deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the reported deal, Kevin Love will be dealt for D’Angelo Russell, along with other players to match the contract, in the blockbuster Lakers-Cavs trade.
However, this is unlikely for both teams at this point, with the Cavs not wanting to destroy the chemistry they built in the championship run and the Lakers in total rebuilding mode with young prospects.
Why Cavs would consider the Lakers trade?
There are speculations that Love is not the best fit in Cleveland in forming the “Big Three” with LeBron and Kyrie Irving. But the Lakers are not the best trade partners if they want to upgrade or change style from the Love’s power forward position.
The Cavaliers want more rebounding and defense inside the paint. The Lakers have assets but can’t provide what Cleveland wants. Giving up Russell won’t be an attractive deal for the Cavaliers since they already have star point guard Irving, who shone against Stephen Curry in the recent NBA Finals.
If the Cavaliers deal Love, it’s likely they look at other options first and target teams with big men like the Philadelphia 76ers (Jahlil Okafor or Nerlens Noel) or Los Angeles Clippers (Blake Griffin).
Cleveland might consider Kevin Love in a trade if they really struggle in the early part of the regular season.
Why Lakers would consider the Cavs trade?
There are speculations that Los Angeles wants to get back in playoff contention this season. But their line-up is very young and they are even pegged as one of the worst teams in the league entering the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
A desperate Lakers team aiming for a postseason slot could be bad for the franchise for the long-term. Getting Kevin Love will help them get the wins and battle for the top eight seeds but they won’t be as good as the real contenders in the Western Conference like the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors.
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