The Cavaliers need another veteran presence to complement LeBron James and if they get it, how will it affect their NBA odds for a title this season?
Cavs Taking a Chance at Love
Kevin Love, the 6’10” tower of power for the Minnesota Timberwolves, has been the subject of more trade talks than a high-tech IPO offering. The moment the Cleveland Cavaliers successfully wooed LeBron James back into a Cavs uniform they shifted their focus from South Beach to Minneapolis. Kevin Love is a dynamic power forward that would make for a devastating one-two punch for Cleveland and would cement them as the NBA odds on choice to win a title this year, and perhaps give The King what he thought he created in Miami – a dynasty.
The Timberwolves are understandably sensitive about trade talks for a franchise type player due to the NBA title they handed to the Boston Celtics by dealing Kevin Garnett for a package that never even brought a whiff of postseason play to Minnesota. They have been a moribund franchise known as a place to leave rather than a destination to contend.
And here they are again. Their old perennial All-Star Kevin Garnett was known as Big Ticket and now their 25-year-old All-Star Kevin Love is essentially the only thing that sells tickets to the Target Center. But he is in search of greener pastures and has publically stated that when his contract is up after this season, he will be plying his trade elsewhere. So once again, Minnesota is in search of a dance partner to tango with but all offers have been shot down thus far. However, they fully realize that they cannot let their most prized possession walk away at the end of the 2014-2015 season without getting anything in return.
What Will It Take?
Apparently it will take more than the Cavaliers were initially willing to offer. The sticking point has been Minnesota’s insistence that any deal involving Love would have to include former Kansas sensation and number one overall pick in this year’s draft Andrew Wiggins. But according to reports, Cleveland’s resolve has waned and they are now ready to include Andrew Wiggins in the trade mix which has led LeBron to be the team’s ambassador and reach out to Love in order to gauge his temperature on joining him on the Cavaliers roster. Reports are that Love would sign a long-term deal with Cleveland if he were to be dealt.
Though this deal now has legs, Andrew Wiggins still needs to sign a contract with Cleveland and the team would have to wait 30 days before officially dealing him. While those contract negotiations are currently underway, the Golden State Warriors are pining for Love’s services and have reportedly offered All-Star power forward David Lee and small forward Harrison Barnes but Minnesota wants Klay Thompson as well, though the Warriors have been reluctant to deal the burgeoning 6’7” point guard.
How Will Love Affect Cleveland’s NBA Future Odds?
I think we can all agree that at some point, Kevin Love will be dealt and the team that gets him will be immediately better. If in fact he is traded before the NBA regular season then you can bet your last dollar that the team who wins the Love Lottery will see their NBA odds plummet. Assuming that team is indeed the Cleveland Cavaliers, where would the NBA odds go on the team that is currently installed as the odds favorite to win the NBA Championship?
It’s amazing how one man can shift the balance of power so dramatically as did LeBron when he signed with a club who went 33-49 last season. He singlehandedly moved this feckless franchise from NBA odds of 50-1 to the 4-1 Bet365.com is currently dealing. If they were to add a little bit of Love to their team, you may see those odds drop all the way to 2-1.
Phil Collins crooned back in the 80’s that “You Can’t Hurry Love” but the Cavaliers are hoping that maybe they can deal for him.