Reason #2 to keep Love: He’ll be a key leader for the Cavs’ young guys
Another reason to keep Love on this Cleveland roster is to utilize his veteran experience to help guide the younger players on the team so they can continue to build a better future.
Garland, the rookie point guard out of Vanderbilt, has had a decent year, averaging 12.3 points per game, along with 3.9 assists and 0.7 steals. Garland definitely has room to improve, but with him being just 20 years old, there is plenty of time for him to perfect his game.
As one of the remaining champions from 2016 on the Cleveland Cavaliers, Love carries with him a bevy of knowledge.
Garland would benefit from the presence of a player like Love on the team. Plus, with the expiring Tristan Thompson, seemingly the Cavs’ primary leader, reportedly likely to be playing elsewhere next season (per Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor) and a key leadership presence in Matthew Dellavedova also on an expiring deal and maybe not back next season, Love’s presence again could help guide Cleveland’s young pieces.
Collin Sexton has proven himself as a phenomenal scorer in the NBA. In a 112-106 loss to the Boston Celtics on March 4, the Young Bull put up a career-high 41 points on 17-of-30 shooting.
Following that, in response to Nance saying how Sexton “deserves more recognition,” Love made a comment about his teammate on Twitter, essentially stressing how Sexton was one of the hardest workers he had “seen/been around.”
Love definitely sees the value of a player like Sexton, and I believe having Love on the court would only help the second year guard.
Along with that, Porter Jr. has started to prove himself as a franchise piece for this Cleveland team.
Averaging 10.0 points per game, along with 3.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, the young rookie out of USC has been making a name for himself, and his style of play so far has been dynamic and invigorating.
When talking about his young teammate following a huge comeback over the Miami Heat, of which KJG’s Corey Casey hit on, via Fedor, Love said he thinks realistically, the Cavs with KPJ being so young, “really haven’t tapped into his potential yet.”
Porter had a career-high 30 points in that game, and from there, as noted by Fedor, Love also said Porter is “really incredible, what he will be capable of in the future.”
KPJ has shown a raw tenacity that is not easily replicated, too. With him as a part of the team’s future, it only makes sense for someone like Love to pass on his expertise and also serve as a floor spacer for KPJ.
Love has had his fair share of ups and downs with the Cavaliers, including earlier this season in regards to unfortunate on-floor issues and Love again has been a key subject of trade rumors throughout his time in Cleveland, but I believe that makes him one of the most ideal mentors for these young players.
He understands the responsibility and privilege of being a star player, while at the same time also understanding the feeling of being under-appreciated. This Cavaliers team is fairly young, and with youth comes inexperience, but also a chance to mold something better.
Love is without a doubt one of the first players I would choose as a mentor and leader for the future players of this team, and the third reason I believe the Cavs should stay committed to Love in coming years is somewhat coincided with that leadership role.