Love was courageous enough to embrace a much lesser role with the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 years ago, landing via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves in order to form a dynamic big three alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. He twice averaged 26 or more points during his six seasons in Minnesota.
LeBron, even before the Cavs were swept by the Golden State Warriors, had intimated to be bolting Cleveland out of frustration for the teams back-to-back setbacks in the NBA Finals due to lack of supporting talents.
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Before (and after) Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love was the Cleveland Cavaliers primary scapegoat, with him always taking the blame whenever the team fell short of their Championship goals or went through bad stretches. While his family will be a major factor for what he does on a personal level, James wants his primary motivating factor on a professional level to be the pursuit of more rings. Instead, he has seemingly used it as motivation, consistently putting up big numbers while his relationship with LeBron James, one that some thought was rocky early on, continues to trend in the right direction.
Best case scenario is LeBron telling them his intentions before the draft, but it's not likely to happen since the team has had little to no contact with The King since the season ended.
However, in terms of the draft and trades, we have seen this front office make dire mistakes before.
Rest assured that the Rockets' understandably devastated Chris Paul - who made a fast exit from Toyota Center late Monday night after being forced to watch the biggest game of his life from the bench because of his hamstring injury - has already begun his recruitment of James to Houston.
LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal were teammates for a brief period of time. "After I got to three [titles], everybody was saying I couldn't get another". I knew that question would come, but I like to be here. Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports that the. OK, that kinda stinks (you got me), but keeping LeBron is worth every roster-altering risk.