Cleveland Cavaliers will enter the 2016-17 NBA season in a Cavs uniform. However, it remains to be seen if he will eventually be traded as suggested by previous NBA trade rumors.
Love, who spent the past two seasons in Cleveland after the Timberwolves traded him in 2014, is being linked to several teams. The Oklahoma City Thunder are reportedly among the teams interested in Love.
If the Cavaliers struggle big time in the early part of the upcoming season, it will not be surprising if they decide to trade Love before the deadline. If they do, FanSided’s King James Gospel reported that he could move to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
What the Deal Will Look Like?
Love averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Cavaliers last season despite being the third option behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. With his numbers, the Cavaliers are not expected to give him up easily.
However, King James Gospel argued that the Thunder have the assets that could convince the Cavs to agree to a deal. The report indicated that the Cavaliers could move Love in exchange for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Anthony Morrow.
Why The Deal Makes Sense For OKC Thunder
The deal obviously favors the Thunder because Love is still one of the best power forwards in the league despite his declining numbers in the past two seasons. With Love on the roster, the Thunder will have more star power despite Kevin Durant’s decision to leave the Thunder for the Golden State Warriors.
Perhaps, a Kevin Love-Russell Westbrook duo could be better than the Westbrook-Durant combo before. Love and Westbrook know each other well, having played together at UCLA in college, and their bond will make them a perfect fit for each other moving forward.
“There’s no way that the two college friends, Love and Westbrook, don’t have a deep bond eight years later,” King James Gospel noted. “Fans know that because Love just penned a piece detailing it. In fact, there was a time when Westbrook, and not James, was Love’s MVP pick in 2015.”
It is worth noting, though, that Love is already 28 years old, while Oladipo is just 24 and is yet to reach the peak of his career. Should the OKC Thunder pull the trigger on the deal?