When NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski talks, people listen — which is why he makes a reported $2 million a year breaking stories and dishing salacious NBA rumors for Yahoo! Sports. On Wednesday afternoon, Woj and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix discussed which teams might be looking to upgrade/reboot before the Feb. 18 trade deadline, and as you might expect, the Cleveland Cavaliers came up.
“I think it’s too early,” Mannix said about trading Kevin Love. “I think you have to get to the offseason before you make any kind of real deal on Kevin Love.”
“Boston would have what Cleveland’s looking for in a Kevin Love deal,” he continued, adding, “Jae Crowder would be someone that [Cavs GM] David Griffin would salivate over; a defensive-minded two/three man who can play multiple positions, that’s what the Cavs have been looking for.”
Although Cavs general manager David Griffin has categorically denied any notion he’s entertaining the idea of trading Love, whom he recently signed to a five-year, $110 million deal, you’d be niave to think this Cavs team will somehow become better than the Warriors between now and June. It’d be even dumber to believe that Griffin feels confident about this roster’s chances of winning a ring. Let’s face it, in order to get some hardware this season, the Cavaliers will need to do more than just replace their symbolic head coach figurine. They need more depth, better perimeter defense, better three-point shooting, clearly defined roles across the board, players who are **happy** with their defined roles and someone who is very good at annoying Stephen Curry.
Assuming Mannix is right about the Cavs’ interest in upgrading their perimeter defense — and given that we already know they’ll need to improve if they want to get past the Golden State Warriors in a Finals rematch — let’s take a look at eight Kevin Love trade scenarios which could potentially fit that bill.