Is there that much of a surprise here? After making hints at it throughout the NBA Playoffs, Kevin Love has announced he plans to re-sign with the Cavaliers. Love will more than likely sign a max contract for five years. In the beginning of the season, it was questioned whether Love could fit with the Cavaliers and enjoy being a third wheel. It seems that he is looking at the bigger picture, which is an NBA Championship.
Do not get it twisted; Love is a great player. In an “off” year, he averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds. As Skip Bayless always says when referencing Love; “16 and 10 does not grow on trees.” Although his defense is questionable, his offense was missed greatly in the NBA Finals after suffering a dislocated shoulder in the first round. His three point shooting really helps spread the floor for LeBron James. James and Love may not be the best of friends off the court, but they showed glimpses on the court of their ability to work together.
Without a doubt, the Cavaliers making it to the NBA Finals was the icing on the cake for Love to stay put. Sure, he can go to the Lakers or the Celtics and be the primary option. But, he will not be winning a championship any time soon with either of those teams. When the Timberwolves did not make the playoffs with Love, it was clear that he cannot be the primary option on a team. Anyone would want him as their second or third option. And quite frankly, being a third wheel behind James and Kyrie Irving should not be something to complain about. The Cavaliers can win a championship with the team they have now. They just have to stay healthy. Unfortunately, health cost them a championship this past season.
After re-signing Love, the focus will turn to Tristan Thompson. Thompson emerged as one of the best defensive players and offensive rebounders in the league. But, that emergence happened because of the injury to Love. Thompson is looking for a big contract too. Will the Cavs be able to afford both of them? If I am the front office, I am doing everything to have both of them on my team next season with the money they want.
Main Photo: Apr 26, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) injures his shoulder during the first half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the Boston Celtics. at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY