Three Cleveland Cavaliers players that will disappoint next season

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love (left) and Cleveland head coach J.B. Bickerstaff talk in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love (left) and Cleveland head coach J.B. Bickerstaff talk in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love looks to pass. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

One of three Cavs that will disappoint: Kevin Love

The final player that will be disappointing for the Cleveland Cavaliers is Kevin Love. Love is one of the most important players of Cavaliers’ history throughout the past few decades. He was one of the integral pieces in the “Big Three” with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving that would bring an NBA championship home to Cleveland.

Love has reaped the earnings of this title even as the franchise has burned to the ground around him after James left for the Los Angeles Lakers. He is still under contract with the Cavaliers for the next two seasons, three including 2020-21. It is a deal that no one should be a fan of and it is clear that trade rumors involving him will seemingly always be there.

While Love is a solid piece on a contending team, that is all that he is at this point of his career. He brings little to no value to a team like the Cavaliers that are rebuilding and have little to no hope of making any noise in the playoffs.

It is also seemingly so tough to find a trade for Love as his name has been in trade rumors heavily the past two seasons, but the Cavs haven’t dealt him.

In any case, he is on the home stretch of his career and it would only be logical for him to want to be on a championship-caliber roster where he can play for a ring. Honestly, he cannot be blamed for this, most players spend the end of their careers chasing for rings to better put together their career resume before they retire, although Love seems much more locked-in with J.B. Bickerstaff as the Cavs head coach.

Nonetheless, Love has had a few events in which he has shown he is not the best leader for this group. That was a few a times on-floor and on-bench last season, and he threw a dodgeball elimination-style pass at Cedi Osman in-game early on in January.

Love later apologized for this, but, it would seem to show that he is a player that is going to be frustrated with the situation going on around him rather than being fully committed to being a mentor and leader. This is something that cannot be held against him as it is understandably a very frustrating situation for him.

It is likely that Cavaliers fans will continue to see Love’s numbers stagnate or continue to regress as he gets older until he is traded to a contender, which would seem to be a scenario that could play out down the road.

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Love again still seems to be a big fan of Bickerstaff’s, and currently, he seems to be really locked-in with the Cavs, albeit we’ll have to see how long that will be the case, and if/when losses pile up, the Love trade rumors would seem to be more and more prevalent.