Other than as an obstacle for their tanking pursuits, there’s no place for Kevin Love in Cleveland.
Might he be better in Charlotte?
Because according to Dan Favale of Bleacher Report, they might be interested.
“Charlotte fits the bill for a team that might roll the dice on Love. Owner Michael Jordan had no plans to trade Kemba Walker as of late November, according to Stadium’s and The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Speculation will persist, as well it should, but don’t expect him to soften his stance.”
In lieu of selling off Walker and starting over, the Hornets need to make a needle-nudging acquisition. Bradley Beal would be ideal. Love is more realistic.
In the article, Favale proposes sending Bismack Biyombo, Frank Kaminsky, Malik Monk, 2019 first-round pick in exchange for the All-Star big-man. It’s a fit for both sides.
“Malik Monk is a weird fit with Clarkson, Collin Sexton and Rodney Hood on the roster. The Cavaliers shouldn’t care. He’s a gettable prospect. Charlotte favors Walker-Tony Parker combos over minutes for Monk, and Cleveland doesn’t have to worry about paying Clarkson or Hood, a free agent this summer, over the long haul. The Hornets could pull the protected first-rounder from negotiations, and the Cavaliers would still have to seriously weigh this offer.”
Still, there’s a lost of risk ionvolved.
For Charlotte, do they want to commit to paying that monstrous contract if he ends up not fitting well with Walker? For Cleveland, is that really the best deal they can get for Kevin Love?
As the season rages on, these are the questions both teams will have to answer if they want to get serious about mixing things up.