Kevin Love: 5 Reasons Why LeBron James Wants Him on the Cleveland Cavaliers

5 Reasons Why LeBron James Wants Kevin Love on the Cleveland Cavaliers

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In news that surprises nobody, LeBron James has reportedly told Kevin Love directly that he would like to play together with the Cleveland Cavaliers this upcoming season. The Cavs appear amenable to parting with some valued assets in order to acquire the star power forward from the Minnesota Timberwolves. Here are 5 reasons why LeBron — who for all intents and purposes is Cleveland's de facto general manager — wants Love on the Cavaliers.

5. Prevents Love from Joining an Eastern Conference Competitor

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5. Prevents Love from Joining an Eastern Conference Competitor

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The Golden State Warriors are Cleveland's primary competitors in the Love sweepstakes, but that doesn't mean another team can't climb out of the woodwork and join in. Even after signing Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls would surely be happy to flip some assets for Love if the deal was right. Getting the disgruntled Timberwolves big man in Cleveland would prevent any such problem, and the less competition there is in the East, the happier LeBron is.

4. Love Would Re-Sign with Cleveland

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4. Love Would Re-Sign with Cleveland

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There wouldn't be too much sense in trading for a player if you knew he would skip town at the first opportunity, but that isn't the case with Love and the Cavaliers. He has made it known that the opportunity to play alongside James would be more than enough to convince him to re-sign long term in Cleveland.

3. The Cavaliers Need Perimeter Shooting

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3. The Cavaliers Need Perimeter Shooting

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LeBron is well aware that his versatile offensive game works best when he is surrounded by capable shooting, and Cleveland is a bit thin in that department at the moment. Mike Miller was a nice acquisition in free agency, but Love's outside game would put the Cavaliers over the top.

2. LeBron Doesn't Want to Wait for Andrew Wiggins

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2. LeBron Doesn't Want to Wait for Andrew Wiggins

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Andrew Wiggins' potential is tantalizing, but LeBron is 29 and has played almost 40,000 total minutes in his NBA career. James is in his prime right now, something that may not be the case for much longer. The time to win more titles is now, and if that means having to give up Wiggins in a trade for Love, then it's worth doing.

1. A New "Big Three"

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1. A New "Big Three"

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The prospect of a Love, James and Kyrie Irving trio has to be too tempting for LeBron to pass up. The new "Big Three" would be a good deal better than its 2013-14 Miami Heat counterpart, and would give James a fantastic shot at a championship every season for at least the next half decade.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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