The Cleveland Cavaliers just won their first NBA championship. But truth be told, they need to make big moves to successfully defend the title next season against the Golden State Warriors.
The Warriors got the biggest fish this offseason after acquiring Kevin Durant. Cleveland have yet to make big moves. Will acquiring Blake Griffin be their best bet to keep in step with the Warriors?
Kevin Love, Blake Griffin Switching Zip Codes
Kevin Love struggled notoriously against the Warriors in the 2016 NBA Finals. This is the main reason why he is still a subject of numerous trade rumors, including a scenario where he will end up with the Los Angeles Clippers.
According to The Ringer, the Cavaliers and Clippers should consider a deal centered on Love and Griffin. Will the two teams pull the trigger on this deal soon?
What Will Griffin Bring To Cleveland Cavaliers?
Love was effective in the first three rounds of the 2016 NBA Playoffs but was a non-factor against the Warriors. In the event the Cavaliers acquire Griffin, they will get a player who can wreak havoc down low against the Golden State’s frontline.
However, the deal could backfire if Griffin fails to stay healthy. It will be a huge risk for the Cavaliers, which might force them to back out of the deal. Instead, they might focus on the rumored deal for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
A Good Deal For LA Clippers
Whether Clippers fans like it or not, it is now time to break up the Chris Paul-Griffin duo. Paul and Griffin form one of the best point guard-power forward combos in the league but has not produced good results for them, absorbing painful exits in the playoffs over the past several years.
Love will give them more options on offense with his ability to play down low and knock down three-pointers from time to time. He could be a liability on defense but a healthy DeAndre Jordan might be enough to make Love bring good things than bad to Los Angeles.
Who Will Say No To The Griffin-Love Deal?
While the Cavaliers need to make a big move, they will likely turn down a one-on-one deal. Griffin’s injury is a red flag, as it also allegedly one of the reasons why the Boston Celtics are having second thoughts on pulling off a blockbuster deal for the high-flying forward.