The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly open to trading the top of the 2014 NBA Draft
According to sources at the Ohio-based newspaper the Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin has said that the Cavs will be “open-minded” with their pick and “wouldn’t rule out trading it”.
Should this be the case, the Cavs will certainly have one eye on Kevin Love who has already become the centre of this summers trade hype. After it was reported that Kevin Love’s camp had made it clear that Minnesota ought to start looking for trade packages due to Love’s desire to opt out of his contract at the end of next season, several teams have been linked with deals for Love.
Cleveland has now officially entered the race for Love and has done so by a stroke of good fortune: the NBA draft lottery. Cleveland won the lottery earlier this week with just a 1.7% chance of doing so, landing themselves the top draft spot in a year full of potentially franchise changing players.
Some sort of package involving Cleveland’s top pick and some of the Cavs young talent such as Tristan Thompson or Dion Waiters would be sure to tempt the Timberwolves, who must look to move Love if he does indeed intend to walk away next season.
As for the fit, one can’t help but imagine the two-man game Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving could form should they end up playing together. Having a prolific a scorer as Love around would certainly help relieve some of the weight on Irving’s shoulders; being the team’s leader and go-to scorer has seemed testing at times for the young point guard. Indeed, as a veteran, Love could step in as a natural leader and primary scoring option, allowing Irving to focus on running the teams offence and be pickier in his shot selection.
The trouble facing Cleveland should they look to pursue Love would surround his immediate future. Love has an early termination option at the end of next season that could see him walkaway from Cleveland after just one year, something the Cavs could not risk.
This possibility may ultimately be what deters Cleveland from chasing Love, especially should they receive other more tempting offers for their coveted number one pick.