With Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, the L.A. Clippers are primed for a dominant run through the West this season. With another piece, though, they might hinge on the edge of unstoppable.
In the case that he finally gets let go, Brad Botkin of CBS Sports suggested that the team could go after NBA Champion, Kevin Love.
“For now, Love remains a good player who can help a lot of good teams who think they’re one piece from being great. He’ll be 31 at the start of the season, and he remains a 20-and-10 talent. He likely wouldn’t put those numbers up for a team trading for him, as he makes most sense as a third option next to higher-usage stars, but let’s not get it twisted that Love has somehow fallen off a cliff. He can shoot. He can pass. He can still rebound like crazy and has championship pedigree.”
Love has all of the qualities you’d want in a stretch big. The former All-Star can still score and rebound effectively — even at 31-years-old. Last season, he averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds on 36% shooting from deep.
The problem for him has always been health. Can he stay healthy long enough to be effective for the Clippers, or any other team for that matter? In the past two seasons combined, he only played 81 total games. Suffice it to say, it will be a risk if any team decided to give up assets for him.
Nonetheless, Kevin Love can be valuable is put in the right situation. For the Clippers especially, they might want to think about making a move for him.