Former Cavalier No. 1: Kevin Love
Five times in his career Kevin Love‘s teams have qualified for the NBA Playoffs. Five times in his career, Kevin Love’s teams have made it to the NBA Finals. While he certainly was not the primary reason for any of those runs, Love brings both championship experience and useful basketball skills to whatever team he is on.
Fans of the Cavaliers grow increasingly frustrated with their team when they see Love thriving with the Miami Heat. Excised from the rotation, Love worked out a buyout agreement with the Cavs and signed with the Miami Heat, starting for much of the stretch run and playoffs, including playing hero in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
It stings because Love was the last holdover of the dynasty era (Cedi Osman not exactly counting); now he might join a dynasty reunion in Dallas. It’s possible that the Heat push to re-sign Love, but if their tax concerns grow too great, he could hit the market and sign for the Taxpayer Mid-Level Exception to rejoin LeBron James and Kyrie Irving on the Mavericks.
Love is no lockdown defender, but he has size and strength and is an excellent rebounded. On offense, his shooting remains lethal, and his full-court outlet passes are a thing of legend. He would be an excellent addition to a Mavericks team trying to win with Kyrie, LeBron and Luka Doncic. Could Kevin Love complete the reunion tour and make one more deep run with his former teammates?