Unless the team and Kevin lied about it, that was the result of an elective surgery in a year where the Cavs realized the needed a teardown. This was a year where the Cavs could've really used him on the court, where he would've played alongside a rim protector in Allen and a PG who was figuring things out. It matters.JonFromVA wrote:jbk1234 wrote:JonFromVA wrote:
We "marketed" Andre as a first option and what did that get us?
Nobody wants Kevin or Andre as their first option, they might like them to fill a specific need but not at the kind of money they're making.
So, yes, we fundamentally disagree on Love's value and tradeability.
But hey, there's no time like the present. This isn't last year. Darius and Collin have improved. We have some serious rim protection and perimeter D help for Kevin. Thompson is gone. JBB is running the show.
So, let's see where Kevin as the team's first option takes us, and how long he can stay on the floor until something else breaks.
If you're right, shouldn't he be able to build up his trade value for this Summer? What's going to hold that back? Well, other than the fact that the Cavs could use a healthy and productive Kevin Love more than probably the other 29 teams.
In terms of Drummond's value, it took a big hit when we traded for Allen. He got fewer minutes, fewer rebounds, and fewer touches. More importantly, the prospect of taking back long term salary and getting value for his expiring contract ended. But you make the Allen trade anyway because it's the right move long term.
In terms of trading Love now, it's not going to be possible without attaching draft capital or a prospect who you don't want to trade in a salary dump. I have no faith in his health status at this point and I doubt any potential trade partner does either. In fact, I think there's a a real chance the guy ends up medically retired before his contract is up. There isn't enough basketball left to played in this season to allay those concerns. Some mistakes you can mitigate and learn from. Other mistakes, you have to ride out the consequences. What happened in the first half of last season was the latter. They're called missed opportunities for a reason.
Love played only 22 games the year before last ... trusting Love to say healthy is a ship that sailed a long time ago before it ever arrived in Cleveland. Even if you want to dismiss his thumb injuries and the shoulder injury as a fluke, there's a reason he lost all that weight.
We signed Kevin to a contract well above his market price. It is what it is.
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