Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is not going anywhere unless the defending champions struggle mightily before the trade deadline in February.
A recent trade scenario from FanSided’s Hoops Habit suggested that if the Cavaliers decide to trade Love, the All-Star power forward could be sent to the Oklahoma City Thunder. In return, Cleveland could get a package involving former second overall pick Victor Oladipo.
There is no imminent deal between the Cavaliers and Thunder at this point. But for the sake of argument, here are some of the reasons why the Cavaliers could benefit from the deal.
Cleveland Cavaliers Could Get Huge Defensive Boost
Oladipo spent the first three seasons of his career with the Orlando Magic. The former Indiana standout averaged 16.0 points on top of 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game last season.
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But more than his impressive numbers, the 24-year-old guard brought defensive tenacity in Orlando. Trading for Oladipo will make Cleveland a better defensive team, particularly on the backcourt.
With Oladipo guarding the best guard of the opposing team, it will also ease some pressure on LeBron James’ shoulder. An improved defense will also mean that the Cavaliers will have more opportunities to score in transition.
Cleveland Cavaliers Could Sign JR Smith
Sending Love to the Thunder will also help Cleveland solve their financial woes. They will have more reasons to end their contract standoff with JR Smith.
Smith played a huge role for the Cavaliers last season, and losing him could hurt Cleveland’s chances of successfully defending their title in the upcoming season. The mercurial guard averaged 12.4 points on top of 2.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in Cleveland last season.
Less Distractions for Cleveland Cavaliers
Whether they admit it or not, rumors about Love’s unhappiness in Cleveland have been affecting their team chemistry. A fan does not need to be a rocket scientist to know that the former UCLA standout is not comfortable with his role in Cleveland. Should Cleveland part ways with Love?