Kevin Love to the Golden State Warriors is quite an intriguing thought. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ power forward, though considered to be past his prime, still has enough in the tank. And it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Steve Kerr has him on his list ahead of the new season.
And for good reason. Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green are bonafide superstars and for Love, a former All-star eager to prove he’s still worth his salt, a move to the Warriors is a win-win for both sides.
It’s almost along the lines of the powerhouse the Brooklyn Nets are with the likes of James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, and their mid-season acquisition Blake Griffin. For the Warriors, a seasoned campaigner in the mix just makes the side strong contenders for the title.
Signing Kevin Love this summer would elevate the Golden State Warriors chances of winning a title.
As far as Love is concerned, the move would be all about showing he’s still hungry. Should he move away from the Cavs and sign on a veteran minimum with the Warriors, who they are in fact actively looking out for, the move is a rather sensible one.
From what he saw in their run in the 2020-21 season, Curry & Co need someone with rich experience, leadership qualities, and the ability to soak pressure in clutch moments.
Does Love provide that in generous doses? The answer is mostly yes. He plays as a floor-spacing big man and would assist on the defense aspect as well.
His playmaking, shooting abilities, and the intelligent passer that he is, helps take the load of Curry and Thompson.
He can run the plays when the duo gets some minutes off and that was something the Warriors were in dire need of this season in Thompson’s absence. Add Green to the mix, the defense gets that solid overhaul.
The only concern for the think-tank will be health, especially that of Kevin Love’s. The past couple of seasons have seen the Warriors suffer on that front with injuries plaguing their big names. Love’s injury-riddled season saw him feature in just 25 games where he averaged close to 12 points and seven rebounds.
That’s one of the flip sides to having Love on the team, although he’s firm on the fact he still intends to be the player he was before the string of injuries.
Earlier this month, he said he was hoping to play great basketball in an interview with Cleveland.com after being selected to be part of the USA’s Olympics roster.
“I thought it was a great opportunity for me to play high-level basketball and have that transition into next season. Competing for a gold medal, playing for the USA, there’s just nothing like it.”
Every time I’ve come off playing with this program, (it’s) always been great for me. I thought this would be instrumental in getting me right, feeling healthy and going out and playing great basketball,” he added.
The most important point came next.
“That I can still be the player I was before I had a couple of tough injuries,” Love said. “This is the best I’ve felt in a long time. Right after the season ended, I didn’t really take any time off. I continued to rehab and stay in shape and keep myself ready.”
For now, his destination is unknown. There is no doubt he will be in demand when he decides to split with the Cavs, the Warriors making an earnest attempt to acquire him shouldn’t come as surprise.