Cavs: 2 realistic expectations for Kevin Love for next season

Cleveland Cavaliers big Kevin Love shoots. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big Kevin Love shoots. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love (#0) reacts during a game with his teammates. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images) /

#1: Love takes on the primary leadership role for the Cavs

I’ve never been completely against keeping or trading Love, whose continually a subject involved in trade rumors. It’s always been hard for me to think of a deal that makes sense without getting pennies on the dollar.

The problem right now is his fit. Cleveland is rebuilding this entire roster slowly. They are weeks away from adding their fifth first-round pick to the roster in three seasons, with three of them being top eight selections.

Kevin also showed visible frustrations on the court in 2019-20, albeit his relationship with the team makes it appear he’s been fully bought-in for a while now, and that’s encouraging. If this team is going to work, Love has to be the key leader.

With this many young players on the roster, J.B. Bickerstaff with only 11 games under his belt as the Cavs head coach, a layoff from play, and a desperation to win, Love has to be the primary leader of this team. They need that veteran voice of knowledge now more than ever, especially since Thompson may not be back.

They aren’t going to reach that next level without it. These young players need that experienced player not to just rely on off the court, but on the court as well; fortunately, though, it does seem that Love seems to be well in-tune with doing so.

And the second expectation is somewhat involved with that, too.