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Why the Cavs Shouldn’t Trade Kevin Love

Love photo by coolclark83 on Flickr.


The Cleveland Cavaliers are still celebrating their first NBA Championship, but the rumors haven’t stopped. Kevin Love is still reportedly on the trade block.

Could these rumors be just that, rumors? Kevin Love trade talk has swirled around social media since the 2014-15 NBA Finals. The trade rumors most recently have the Cavs sending Love to Sacramento for all-star DeMarcus Cousins or to Boston for a couple nice role players.

I love to live by the old saying “if it aint broke don’t fix it”. Kevin Love had a HUGE game 7 helping lead the Cavs to the finals win, with an insane defensive stop on MVP Steph Curry in the last few minutes of the game. For his first 2 seasons in Cleveland he’s been a 16 point & 10 rebound guy. He’s been able to stand out and live at the 3pt line, which is a perfect fit along side LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Would DeMarcus Cousins, a 25-year-old 2x all-star coming off his best NBA season, be able to help the Cavs more than Love could? I don’t think so. The Cavs need a catch & shoot guy. While Cousins can hit the 3 (shot 33% from beyond the arc last season), he’s more of an inside scorer. He wouldn’t be able to give the Cavs the outside threat that Kevin Love does.

Cousins is also a hot head, he led the league in technical fouls with 17.  His immaturity could hurt the Cavs in situations down the stretch. Would he be able to mature fast enough to stay in the game and not let his emotions get the best of him? I just don’t know.

So the pros to the Cavs trading Love for Cousins would be they’d get arguably a better overall player, somewhat of a rim protector, and a center that can step out and hit the 3. The cons would be they’d lose chemistry, they’d get a young player with no playoff experience, an inefficient scorer that would probably demand more touches than Love, and a guy that just doesn’t really fit their system.

Now, lets look at the other team that could call the Cavs about a Love trade and possibly persuade them to trade their all-star stretch 4. The only other semi-realistic destination in my opinion, the Boston Celtics. The Celtics have the players/picks to pull off a blockbuster trade.

But, the Cavs would likely only be getting role players back. A trade that could work is the Cavs sending Love to Boston for Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, and Jonas Jerebko. While this would majorly improve the Cavs defense/depth, it would hurt their rebounding, scoring, & chemistry.

Are the cons to those trade scenario’s something that a team coming off 2 straight finals appearances and a championship ring would want to try? I just don’t think it makes sense for the Cavs to deal Love, unless they have a trade offer simply too good to refuse.

Lets now look at the positive’s to keeping Love. First, he’s only 27..he’s still in his prime and barring any major injuries he shouldn’t slow down anytime soon. He’s a 3x all-star, fantastic rebounder, great outlet passer, inconsistent but good shooter, and he can score in the post when given the chance. He also helps give the Cavs great floor spacing, something that I don’t know they could get from Cousins or Crowder/Bradley.

In my opinion, Kevin Love is still a great player in this league. I think with his confidence probably at an all-time high, Love will regain his all-star form and help the Cavs on their run to a 2nd straight NBA championship. Keeping him is the best choice for this team.