Dec 18, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) attempts to pass against Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) during the third quarter at Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Trail Blazers 120-109. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Cleveland Cavaliers interested in Love, Noah, Aldridge and Horford

Kevin Love might not be the only big name the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to acquire. According to ESPN Draft Insider Chad Ford, the Cavaliers have their eye on not only love, but also Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls, Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Ford also notes, as should have been assumed by now, the Cavaliers GM David Griffin is under pressure from majority owner Dan Gilbert to make the playoffs next season. As talented as the top three prospects (Joel Embiid of Kansas, Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Jabari Parker of Duke) are, they may not make the Cavaliers qualitatively much better right way. All three should be able to produce right way – just not in the way a veteran like Love or Horford can produce next season.

In all potential scenarios, the Cavs probably have to give up more than the No. 1 overall pick for any of the players. Young players like Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett would likely have to be involved. Veteran Anderson Varejao could be involved for salary reasons. Still, any of these players, barring a long-term commitment to the Cavs, might not equal the value of the No. 1 pick.

Tags: Al Horford Cleveland Cavaliers Joakim Noah Kevin Love LaMarcus Aldridge NBA Draft

  • Cory Klein

    I really hope Gilbert isn’t demanding a playoff run. Grabbing guys like Deng and pushing them into this lineup is clearly/historically a bad move (anyone remember Shaq and Ben Wallace?) and won’t result in long term success. What we need is the best talent for the most time. That rules out Love who probably leaves as a FA after one season. Aldridge is a great player but he won’t come cheap, if at all, as the Blazers know his value. Horford would probably come at the least cost and would be a nice addition, but if it means throwing away the top pick then scrap that plan. Wiggins or a healthy Embiid bring in the most long term success even if they don’t produce heavily early on. Bennett still needs to develop. So does Dion. So do Zeller, Delly, and Karasev (especially the Russian product). Give up on LeBron and plan for three-to-five years down the road when these guys start to really become a unit; get the right coach and give him time to gain their trust.

    This team doesn’t need to start winning big right away. What they need is patience and that starts with the management and ownership.

    • Chris Manning

      This is probably the most thoughtful comment I’ve ever seen on RDE. I think it’s fair to say that Kyrie still has developing to do too.

      • Sunshine State, OH

        I appreciate that. I read most or maybe all of your articles, Chris. Keep preachin’ that word, as they say.