The NBA Offseason has been incredibly hectic. Plenty of talent has been changing hands; LeBron has paired up with Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard will battle with them as crosstown rivals alongside Paul George, James Harden and Russell Westbrook who have reunited in Houston and more.
The Cavaliers came nowhere close to making the playoffs last year. The Brooklyn Nets brought Kevin Durant into the East, while other big names in the conference, such as Boston and Milwaukee, will likely stand tall again next year.
So, why keep Kevin Love?
If the Cavs were ever going to trade him, now would definitely be the time to do it. His value will likely never be higher than it is now, and it might seem like a great idea to flip him to, say, Houston to nab a first-round pick, an idea rhythmic with that of CST’s owner and operator here, Zach Shafron.
But, allow me to refute this notion and present the case that Love should remain in Wine and Gold.
Kevin Love is still an incredible player. He isn’t particularly old, at 30 years of age, and a Cavaliers team, with a healthy Kevin Love on the court, played significantly better and less somnambulant than last year. The Eastern Conference is rather weak, so a Cavs team with a consistently healthy Love can conceivably contend for a playoff spot in this upcoming season.
This is very important.
In the second post-LeBron era, the Cavaliers found themselves with a loaded amount of draft capital with which to build themselves back up as contenders again. Already, we’ve seen Collin Sexton put together a pretty solid season of basketball; he is a building block for a bright future. Now, enter Darius Garland as another piece to be successful again. Getting these young budding stars some playoff action will be an incredible experience, both for the short and long term. Kevin Love can both help them get there and can maybe help them actually win a game, two, or even a series, once arrived.
Additionally, Kevin Love is an objectively good player, but he isn’t about to net the Cavs a nice handful of draft picks similar to the package Oklahoma City got for Paul George. As previously mentioned, a first round pick and maybe a throw-in or two would likely be Love’s value at this point. Additionally, any realistic suitor for Love’s services will be a contender who will almost certainly not be in the lottery for when that pick runs its course. This diminishes its value further and even further calls such a move into question from the Cavs. Combine this fact with the notion that the Cavs still have a large amount of draft capital and young building blocks, and a draft pick that isn’t a lottery pick doesn’t yield much in the way of value.
And if none of this persuades you, at least consider that a team with Kevin Love on the court is at least going to be competitive, decent and watchable.
For crying out loud, in Cleveland, haven’t we seen enough 20 win basketball teams, horrible Browns seasons and terrible and/or heartbreaking Indians seasons?