No one thought that Lebron’s departure from the Cavaliers would be pretty. Lebron James was the heart, soul, body, and brain to everything that was Cleveland. After losing in the finals to the Golden State Warriors, he headed west, leaving Kevin Love to die on the depleted roster.
Kevin Love did choose to resign in Cleveland, mainly due to the money we assume. He hasn’t expressed any disappointment yet despite the Cavs’ five straight losses to begin the season. Assuming it doesn’t get better in Cleveland, Love could become available at the trade deadline. He signed a massive contract this offseason, which could cause some difficulties in trades, but here are a couple possible offers from teams on the rise.
Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings
Very rarely do I like getting my favorite team, the Sacramento Kings, involved with trade scenario articles. This seemed too good to pass up, however. This scenario would only take place if the Kings were close to making the playoffs, which based on their strong start, isn’t impossible.
Cavaliers Receive: Harry Giles, Justin Jackson, Skal Labissiere, Frank Mason III, Zach Randolph
Kings Receive: Kevin Love
The Kings have a surplus of average young talent, so while it may appear they are heavily overpaying for an aging star on a massive contract, it doesn’t actually take too much away. Sliding in Kevin Love into the Kings’ young starting lineup is perfect. He adds more shooting to help out De’Aaron Fox, and can also guard the stronger, and heavier big men for Willie Cauley-Stein.
Kevin Love to the Charlotte Hornets
With Kemba Walker doing absolutely everything in his power to keep the Hornets afloat, he could end up in a similar situation to that of Love. In order for Michael Jordan to keep Kemba in town, another superstar could be on the way in, and Kevin Love seems like the right guy for the job.
Cavaliers Receive: Jeremy Lamb, Cody Zeller, 2021 First Round Pick
Hornets Receive: Kevin Love
While the Hornets are forced to trade two starters for Love, it’s undeniable that they improve following this trade. Aside from Kemba, the Hornets have no one capable of creating their own shot; Kevin Love allows him to take some offensive possessions off as he carries the team. While it isn’t perfect, Michael Jordan would make a splash move like this if the Hornets continue to struggle.
Kevin Love to the Portland Trail Blazers
The Trail Blazers have underperformed almost every single year of recent memory. As far as we all know, they are the reincarnation of the Los Angeles Clippers- a super strong regular season team that never seems to put it all together in the playoffs.
Cavaliers Receive: Maurice Harkless, Anfernee Simons, Meyers Leonard, 2019 First Round Pick
Trail Blazers Receive: Kevin Love
Kevin Love could supply the Blazers with a veteran leader with a lot of playoff experience. It’s clear that this is another desperate attempt for the Blazers to stay afloat in the deadly Western Conference. Without trading anything too important away, however, it’s hard to find a reason why not to resort to desperation at this point.
Kevin Love to the Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo is on his way to becoming one of the greatest players in NBA history. The shooting presence of Khris Middleton is huge for the near-seven-foot playmaker and another knockdown shooter could give Giannis even more space to create.
Cavaliers Receive: Thon Maker, Matthew Dellavedova, 2020 First Round Pick, 2019 Second Round Pick
Bucks Receive: Kevin Love
Kevin Love provides Giannis just enough shooting and just enough size and strength to play center most of the time in Milwaukee. In exchange, the Cavaliers gain a young player who was at one time thought of as a generational talent, along with Cleveland fan-favorite Matthew Dellavedova, and two draft picks. Dellavedova could keep fans in Cleveland happy for the time being, and Kevin Love could create more happiness Giannis Antetokounmpo.