The 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers roster will not include star power forward Kevin Love. Unfortunately, his talents are not exactly needed in Cleveland, and his future contract will easily be welcomed elsewhere. Rumors have hovered around him going to a big market like the Los Angeles Lakers, but that’s just speculation for now. We only know that he won’t be the infamous third-wheel in Cleveland much longer.
He might win a ring if LeBron James keeps leading his Love-less Cavs through the playoffs, but after that he’ll have a new home to go to. Just think about this for a second. Before the 2015 NBA season began, the Cavs traded rookie Andrew Wiggins and 2013 rookie Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Love. I guess the Timberwolves got the best of that trade.
Next year, Anderson Varejao will be coming back from injury, youngster Tristen Thompson will be looking for a heavy payday after his surprise performance in the playoffs this year, and veteran and coach favorite Timofey Mozgov will be back, too. That’s already three highly capable and very talented big men for the Cavaliers, so there’s no way they’re going to add the expensive contract of Love to just bolster their star power. The Cavs still have to worry about keeping LeBron and Kyrie Irving together; they don’t have enough money to spend anything on a former superstar who didn’t even help his team during this years NBA Playoffs.
Okay, that might be a little harsh, but he definitely doesn’t deserve a contract from Cleveland. Way too expensive, and not nearly enough production.
Where do you think Kevin Love will play next year?