Will The Warriors Go After Kevin Love? | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
If the Golden State Warriors are still interested in putting together an All-Star team that would dominate the 2017 NBA season, there may be one veteran available this summer to help them do that. The player has been stuck with his current team for the last two seasons and could, according to some reports, have the final two seasons of his contract bought out soon, allowing both him and the franchise to move on. That player is Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who, if signed by the Golden State Warriors, would look even older and slower than he has in recent years.
The Golden State Warriors have officially become the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 1970’s as they continue to covet players who were good five years ago, but who have clearly lost a step or two, or who have been plagued by injuries, making their projected production much lower in 2021 than it was during the 2010s. In this case, they are reportedly eager to sign Kevin Love at the veteran’s minimum salary if/when the soon-to-be 33-year-old has the final two seasons of his contract bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Some Cavaliers fans as well as other NBA fan might remember Kevin Love being a key piece in the 2016 championship team led by LeBron James. It was one year after that title run that Love and the franchise signed a four-year $120 Million contract despite watching James leave for the LA Lakers and Kyrie Irving being traded to Boston. Now, shortly after removing himself from the Olympic Team with a leg injury, talk of a buyout are surfacing, which has those in the Bay Area excited since it is the Golden State Warriors where Kevin Love might play next season.
I see so much of the old Steelers team in this Golden State franchise as they continue to seek out and hold on to those players who were good five years ago and hope against hope they will be nearly as good again in the present and future. Kevin Love, even at a minimum salary, will struggle in the Warriors offense. He can’t run the floor anymore, not that he ever did much of that as a rebounding specialist, and he would only get in the way of the true three-point shooters on the team assuming that Steph Curry and Klay Thompson are able to reunion next season. In effect, the Warriors would be signing a cheaper and older version of Draymond Green, who is not likely going anywhere with his three-years and $77 Million left on his contract.
Does Golden State truly believe that Kevin Love would out rebound the Lakers’ Anthony Davis in a seven-game series or be able to play against teams like Phoenix or Utah next season. I don’t see where the Warriors are going with this potential move, but the Bay Area might be the only place where Love can go and fulfill his desire to play with a (semi) contending team. That’s because there is now talk that Damian Lillard and the Trailblazers are heading for a divorce since the All-Star might be traded this offseason, pulling Portland off the list of 2021 playoff contenders.
I understand Kevin Love is a must more “talented” player if he if only early $2 Million a season rather than his current $30 Million/year; but to think that he an important piece to any team who wants to make a playoff run next spring is just foolish. He might make some important shots and even play well in the playoffs, but even at NBA minimum wage, Kevin Love is selling himself on what he did in 2016, not what he can do in 2021, and whoever signs him needs to remember that.
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