Kevin Love’s struggles during the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors are well documented. The three-time all-star’s injury in Game 2 added even more to his poor performance, such that despite the added playing time in Game 5 he only scored 2 points with poor shooting.
But Kevin Love has been rumored for quite a while to be moved by the Cleveland Cavaliers. At 6’10 he just doesn’t have the height or size to play a solid center position for the team.
Kevin Love has not gelled well with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving either. He does have the talent, for sure, but it’s not that the Cavaliers are in need of an offensive player. In a way, he often finds himself in an awkward position in the team.
Putting him in the forward position would be pitting him against LeBron James, and that’s just out of the question.
Love would be a great forward for a team like the Boston Celtics. He was previously rumored in a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins, who has the size and playing style fit for the Cavaliers’ center position. It seems that Kevin Love could be real useful for a number of teams, as a matter of fact, except for Cleveland.
There are also NBA trade rumors placing Kevin Love in a possible deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Sixers’ Nerlens Noel is on the team’s trading block, and the 6’11 power forward/ center could really fill in for the Cleveland Cavalier’s needs. Where he lacks in the offensive game, he compensates real well on the defensive end.
Nerlens Noel is an effective shot blocker and rebounder, and his energy on the court is something that the Cavaliers are looking for. Last season he averaged 11.1 points and 8.1 rebounds, and this is something that could balance out for an offensive team led by LeBron James.
On the other hand, Kevin Love’s talent is something the Sixers could benefit from right now for their lack of star power. He averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds last season for the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, but could definitely do more under the right team.
Another viable option for a trade with the Sixers is Jahlil Okafor.
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