If the trade goes through, which will not be confirmed until Aug. 23, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ acquisition of Kevin Love will give the team the clear advantage of representing the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals in 2014-15. Even more notably, the Cavaliers will make up for past mistakes by giving superstar LeBron James the proper ally he so desperately needed the last time around when he played for Cleveland.
The entire reason why James left cold Cleveland for sunny South Beach was so that he could join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, two proven veterans, and win championships. He knew that the Cavaliers organization could not supply him with the proper personnel on the court to win a title.
It was evident that James needed some help when Cleveland went 0-4 in the NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Even though Cleveland attempted to bolster the roster over the years, it did not improve the confidence of James. The additions of Ben Wallace, Delonte West and Wally Szczerbiak simply were not going to get the job done the following season. Nor did a trade to acquire Mo Williams the season after that. Even the additions of Shaquille O’Neal and Antawn Jamison during the 2009-10 season had little effect in the playoffs.
James saw the writing on the wall. The players mentioned were the best the Cavaliers had to offer, which was not good enough to win the finals. That is why he embarked on an adventurous journey, one that had the consequence of his hometown turning on him. He knew if he wanted to be considered the best of all time he would have to win titles. Now that he has accomplished that with the Miami Heat, he is prepared to bring a championship to the starved fans of Cleveland.
The Cavaliers knew they must put forth an enticing game plan in order to lure James back. It is quite obvious Love’s name was dropped in the meetings held between James and Cleveland’s top executives in the days leading up to the small forward’s free agency decision. At the very least, the organization insisted they would make the necessary trade, with everyone besides Kyrie Irving expendable, to bring in a big name. Luckily for them, James’ elite skill set and prestige is enough to lure in young, proven talent (Love) as well as solid veterans (Mike Miller, James Jones) on minimum contracts.
The necessary pieces will be in place for James to make good on his word. Now, it is up to him to weather the storm and lead the Cavaliers to glory.