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NBA Rumors: Cavs Could Land LaMarcus Aldridge For Kevin Love And Keldon Johnson

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The Cleveland Cavaliers aren't likely to be a contending team any time soon. They've put together an interesting core of young assets like Darius Carland, Collin Sexton, and Kevin Porter Jr, but they still have a ways to go before taking a leap forward.

That's why they should look to pile more young assets and try and get Kevin Love's contract off their books, especially considering that they may also be without Andre Drummond and Tristan Thompson rather sooner than later.

And, according to Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes, the San Antonio Spurs could gladly absorb Kevin Love's contract as they'd look to improve at the power forward position, trading away LaMarcus Aldridge's expiring contract and promising forward Keldon Johnson to the Cavaliers in return for the UCLA Product:

"The San Antonio Spurs were better than the Cavs this past season, and their young talent—Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Lonnie Walker IV, to name three—is more promising and further along than Cleveland's. Love's shooting and passing could galvanize a more dynamic attack, and while LaMarcus Aldridge finally embraced high-volume three-point shooting this past season, Love is the more reliable weapon on the perimeter, and he's always been a better passer," the report read.

Aldridge has been far from the star Spurs' fans thought he'd be in San Antonio, while Love looks like a tailor-made fit for Gregg Popovich's system. Also, the Cavaliers would win the trade by buying out Aldridge's contract or even trade him away to another team for more Draft assets:

"The Cavs might consider Aldridge for Love in a straight-up swap, as the former's $24 million comes off the books after 2020-21, while Love's contract extends through 2022-23. Cleveland could buy Aldridge out after completing the trade and/or flip him to a contender for draft assets at the deadline. There's more than one way for the Cavaliers to parlay Love's contract into clean books and an extra pick or two," Hughes concluded.

Whether the Cavaliers are finally going to entertain the idea of moving Love is yet to be seen but truth be told, this would be a win-win scenario for everybody involved.


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