Should we count the Cavs out of the LeBron James sweepstakes? Well, probably but that doesn’t mean they are going to give up their pursuit. Cleveland’s roster flat out stinks but they are looking to make big changes in an effort to keep LeBron. The Cavs don’t have a lot to work with but they do have two assets to work with in an effort to shake up the roster. Kevin Love and the 8th pick in the draft are probably heading elsewhere regardless of if LeBron is on the roster.
Zach Lowe of ESPN had the following on what the Cavs may be thinking:
“They missed chances to trade their best non-LeBron player, Kevin Love, at something close to peak value, and will have hard time flipping him for even 50 percent of that now. Expect the Cavs to explore what they might get for a package of Love and the No. 8 pick around the draft in a last-ditch attempt to convince LeBron to stay.”
Kevin Love has frankly never been a perfect fit for this roster. In my opinion, it hasn’t really been Love’s fault because the organization has tried to turn him into something that he’s not putting him in uncomfortable positions to succeed. Love thrived in the post where he led the league in rebounding with the Timberwolves. The Cavs version of Kevin Love looks like he lost 30 pounds of muscle to become an okay three-point shooter. Love’s play style was never similar to Chris Bosh and that doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.
It’s tough to project who the Cavs could even trade for. Cleveland should be focused on trying to build a good roster instead of taking suggestions from LeBron because everything he proposes is wrong anyway.