I always had my doubts about Kevin Love, but I think I am starting to feel better about them.
I won’t lie, I wanted the Cavs to keep Andrew Wiggins and not trade for Kevin Love. At the time of the trade in 2014 I was optimistic, but had a lot of doubts.
Love never had a playoff appearance before Cleveland and I felt the Cavs were gambling trading their number one pick away.
So where are they now?
Wiggins is in Minnesota averaging 23 points per-game and shooting 35 percent from 3-point range in the 57 games he has played in this season. His career stats, he averages 19 points per-game and is shooting 32 percent from 3-point range.
Love on the other hand is averaging 20 points per-game and shooting 38 percent from 3-point range in the 46 games he has played in this season. His career stats, he averages 18 points per-game and is shooting 36 percent from 3-point range.
The numbers are similar, very similar. While Wiggins is rookie, I still like Love sticking around with the Cavs. It seemed if the Cavs did decide to make a move, it was going to be dealing Love in some fashion.
As the trade deadline ticked by, the Cavs didn’t pull the trigger on any moves.
Love is a member of the big three and breaking up the big three doesn’t seem like a realistic option at this point. While Love got hurt early in the playoffs in 2015, he was a factor in 2016 when the Cavs won the NBA Finals. Love only had two points in game seven, but his defense is a huge factor.
While LeBron James has wanted a playmaker, he is going to have to deal with Love. While I don’t think James hates Love, I think LeBron wants what is best for the Cavs and he wants another championship in Cleveland.
The debate over Wiggins or Love at this point is history, but I think the Cavs made the right move sticking with Love. He has been a team player and really has delivered in clutch times.
The Cavs are set for another championship run this year and it all starts with having Love in the lineup.