Kevin Love appears to be attracting media attention lately. Apart from his highly talked about stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers and rumored rift with LeBron James, the former Minnesota Timberwolves star is said to be wooed by Ric Flair to date his WWE Diva daughter, Charlotte. Surprisingly, the romance comment from the "Nature Boy" was not the most interesting rumor linked to Love. With the NBA season in full swing, the basketball teams are all on the lookout for stars who can deliver and operate under pressure. For the Denver Nuggets, the same player has attracted their attention year after year - Kevin Love.
The relationship between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Love has been rocky since the beginning. To add to their unstable rhythm, the former Andrew Wiggins squad member clashed with King James - the indubitable leader of the JR Smith team. In failing to contribute in LeBron James' dream to build a Miami Heat 2.0 in Cleveland, Love earned the ire of the former No 1 NBA Draft pick. To make matters worse, the 27-year-old power forward has yet to show off in the stats this season as he still records his all-time low points.
With his former NBA All-Star caliber, the performance of Love is baffling fans across the basketball community. Does this mean that the move to the Cleveland Cavaliers should be seriously considered by Love this coming offseason? Is it time to look for another basketball team since playing with LeBron James appears to not be all it's cut up to be? Which NBA team is the best landing spot for the embattled Love?
"The Nuggets are well-positioned to restock Cleveland with draft picks and veteran players in their prime that can thrive in the up-tempo, space-the-floor game that the Cavaliers ultimately want to make part of their DNA," noted Christopher Dempsey of the Denver Post. The sports analyst also shared that the Denver Nuggets are highly capable of offering the Cleveland Cavaliers a luxurious and attractive package in exchange for Love. To illustrate his point, Dempsey pointed out that only Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic are considered "untouchables" in the Denver Nuggets roster. Hence, the other players in the team are ripe for the picking for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Dempsey went on to note, "And, of course, the value of Love to the Nuggets, a team in search of a true star, remains immense. He checks off the alpha dog box that remains unchecked right now. The Nuggets have made big strides this season. With no changes at all, they should be expected to make a playoff run next season. A Nuggets team with Love would make the playoffs next year."
Apart from Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly mulling over a Kyrie Irving trade. With LeBron James rumored to be calling the shots, it looks like the former Miami Heat star is clearing the roster of players who fail to measure up to his standard. Irving, who is part of the Cleveland Cavaliers' big three alongside Love and King James, has been faced with performance issues throughout the NBA season.
However, the trigger for the trade rumors surrounding Irving is the last games he missed. In these past matches, he was replaced by JR Smith. Notably, the Cleveland Cavaliers performed well sans Irving. In addition, James sounded happier than he has in months following their 112-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets of Jeremy Lin.
James said after the game, "We took another step forward tonight. If (the playoffs) started tomorrow, we'd be ready to go."