When LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second time, fans speculated what the roster would look like without him. The team drafted Collin Sexton in the top 10 in 2018 and made Kevin Love the primary focus of the offense.
Love has returned to his former Minnesota Timberwolves self and is having one of the best seasons of his career. That’s nice for the Cavs, but there’s one team in the Western Conference that can use his services more than anyone. Let’s look at that team and explain how Love could be the perfect fit for them to make a run championship.
Kevin Love’s time in Cleveland
When LeBron James returned to Cleveland, it was with the guarantee that the team would trade No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to bring in another superstar for him to team up with. Kevin Love turned out to be a great complementary piece to James and point guard Kyrie Irving.
During his time in Cleveland, Love has averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds per game, which are only slightly lower than the six seasons he spent in Minnesota.
Love was also a key part of the team going to four consecutive NBA Finals, helping the team win a championship.
When James left for Los Angeles before the 2018-19 season, there was rampant speculation that Love would be nothing more than trade bait, but until this season, it didn’t look like that could be a possibility.
Love stuffs the stat sheet
When he is healthy and the main focus of the offense, Love can be a threat from inside or on the perimeter. He has put up nearly 18 points and 12 rebounds per game this season while shooting 44.6% from the field.
The Cavs are in the middle of a youth movement and are struggling to pick up wins. The team sits at 5-12 (as of Nov. 28), but there’s no denying Love is playing some of the best basketball of his career.
Which team could use him the most?
The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the most surprising teams in the Western Conference this season. They were last year’s seventh seed in the playoffs, but they don’t look like a playoff caliber team at the moment.
While everyone knew the West would be tougher with the Lakers and the Clippers both skyrocketing to the top of the standings, no one expected San Antonio to have double-digit losses before the end of November. If the Spurs want to remain relevant and contend for a postseason spot, they need to make a move, and trading for Kevin Love could be the best one to make.
What trade can be made?
Looking at the contract for both players on their respective rosters swapping out LaMarcus Aldridge for Love would be the ideal move. Aldridge is another former All-Star, but his relationship with the team has been up and down during his time in Texas.
Why the trade will work for the Spurs
Love can score from behind the arc, and also pass out of the post better than almost any big man in the league. That is the one aspect Aldridge can’t give you, and with DeMar DeRozan in the backcourt as one of the leagues fewest assisting guards for the majority of his career, Love would make the Spurs offense move effortlessly.
He has averaged nearly three assists per game for his career, and he can become an excellent weapon for the Spurs.
Would San Antonio be making a smart move in acquiring the services of Cavaliers forward Kevin Love? We think it could be a great move and be the start of an upward swing for the league’s most consistent franchise.