5 Biggest Risks For Cleveland Cavaliers In Kevin Love Trade

5 Biggest Risks For Cleveland Cavaliers In Kevin Love Trade

LeBron James and Kevin Love
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With a proposed trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love and LeBron James would instantly make the Cavs a title contender out East. Will Kevin Love be enough to help Cleveland get to the finals? Here are the five biggest risks for the Cavaliers in trading for Kevin Love.

5. Who Will Start at Shooting Guard?

Dion Waiters
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5. Who Will Start at Shooting Guard

Dion Waiters
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No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins was supposed to be the starting shooting guard for years to come in Cleveland until Kevin Love showed interest in playing with LeBron James. Although shooting guard Dion Waiters averaged 15.9 points and 2.8 rebounds last season, he struggled to consistently knock down open threes and only connected on 38 percent from behind the arc. Waiters is best coming off the bench, but will he welcome that role?

4. Will Love Sign Extension?

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4. Will Love Sign Extension?

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The million dollar question is whether or not Kevin Love is willing to sign a contract extension to play in Cleveland long term. Although it's being reported that Love would welcome a long-term deal to form a new big three with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, will owner Dan Gilbert dig deep in his pockets to pay Love what he deserves after signing Irving to a max deal?

3. Thin Post Rotation

Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao
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3. Thin Post Rotation

Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao
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Although Kevin Love would be an instant upgrade over second-year forward Anthony Bennett, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ post rotation of Love, Tristan Thompson and Anderson Varejao looks oddly similar to LeBron’s post rotation in Miami. One All-Star forward (Bosh), an undersized post (Haslem) and a rebounding center with offensive deficiencies (Andersen). Can LeBron carry them to the finals as well?

2. Thompson's Development

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson
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2. Thompson's Development

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson
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While Kevin Love is known as an efficient scorer and rebounder, adding him to the Cleveland Cavaliers does not address their need for defensive help in the post. The addition of Love will also take minutes away from forward Tristan Thompson who's starting to play to his potential. Last season Thompson averaged 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds in his third year and showed improvements on both ends of the floor. Can Thompson and Love co-exist?

1. Giving Up a Potential Star?

Andrew Wiggins
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1. Giving Up a Potential Star?

Andrew Wiggins
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The proposed addition of Kevin Love would instantly make the Cleveland Cavaliers a title contender, however, giving up two former No. 1 overall draft picks with a lot of potential is very risky for this Cavaliers team. Wiggins is averaging 15.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in summer league play but shooting just 40 percent. If Love is willing to sign a long-term extension in Cleveland, expect to see him in a Cavs jersey before the season begins.

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