By Anthony F. Irwin @AnthonyIrwinNBA on August 7, 2014
Hindsight is 20/20, but fans and the media really should’ve seen the Kevin Love to Cleveland trade coming. LeBron James has been pulling strings since his return all in the hopes of acquiring Kevin Love. Signs have pointed toward this trade happening for weeks; here are the five most noticeable.
Everyone fawned over LeBron James’ message and the means he used to get it out, but as Chuck Klosterman noted, it was no different from the “Not five. Not six. Not seven…” stunt that took place four years ago. The message was different, but the means remained the same.
LeBron left Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett out of the letter. Now, they’re headed to Minnesota.
Kevin Love literally cited the distractions that would come from trade rumors should he have played with Team USA. That wasn’t it. In order for the deal to happen, Cleveland wanted a long-term commitment from Love. An injury like Paul George’s would’ve crushed any leverage for Love’s side, so pulling out of the team made sense.
Instagram pictures have shown King James noticeably thinner since the NBA Finals ended just months ago. In Miami, James had to play some power forward and, as such, needed extra weight. With Love heading to Cleveland to join a crowded frontcourt, James can focus on his natural small forward position.
Media members pointed to the next national TV deal as a reason for how short LeBron signed, but it was more than that. During his first tenure in Cleveland, the organization bumbled and stumbled so badly James felt he could never win there. Signing such a short contract forces the Cavs to do whatever they can to please the King.
One can make the argument no athlete since Michael Jordan has meant more to their city than LeBron James does to Cleveland. Stories of bars and restaurants closing down in the areas surrounding Quicken Loans Arena – where the Cavs play – rose immediately upon James’ departure. Owner Dan Gilbert will do whatever it takes to ensure that doesn’t happen again.
Anthony F. Irwin is an NBA writer for Rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.
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