As great as Laker Nation must feel after the acquisition of LeBron James, this story involves more than Bron, Magic Johnson, and Los Angeles.
Let’s not forget that James left behind a franchise that has been historical, famously, hilariously bad without him. When he left the first time, it forced the Cavaliers into an age of lottery picks and utter dysfunction. And while things will likely tilt that way again, this time could be different.
Granted, the Cavs have a lot of bad contracts, holding up their opportunity to chase free-agents or explore zany, lucrative ideas. They do, however, have Kevin Love.
Love is no superstar, sure, and he’s not really getting any younger. But with LeBron gone, Kevin Love may be Cleveland’s best bargaining chip.
And according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the Cavaliers are starting to adapt that mindset as well.
They’re certainly no longer championship contenders. Despite insistence from the organization that they are not interested in trading Love, multiple sources from around the league insist they are indeed open to moving him. It makes perfect sense to deal him now.
So far, the Cavs have remained adamant that they’d like to keep Love. With LBJ gone though, one has to think they wouldn’t at least consider sending him packing for some draft picks or young players.
In fact, besides Collin Sexton, nobody really knows which Cavalier will be in it for the long-haul. No doubt another interesting storyline to watch as the offseason progresses.