Kevin Love AGAIN (with poll)

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Would you trade for Kevin Love?

  1. Yes for anyone other than Lillard and McCollum

    0.9%
  2. Yes for anyone other than Lillard, McCollum or Nurkic

    15.7%
  3. Yes for scrubs

    62.0%
  4. Not at any price

    21.3%
  1. WesleyMatthews

    WesleyMatthews Well-Known Member

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    People would have said the same about Carmelo 3 years ago... I'm serious when projecting what Love would contribute next season, he is a tier below Whiteside or Bazemore.
     
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    Just based on personality, but I would really like to see Love on this team. I agree on defense we would take a hit, but I don't think Love gets enough credit for IQ, screen setting, and other intangibles that might fit this team well. I like Love more playing next to Nurkic. I don't like him at the 5 at all.
     
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    I'd rather get LMA back from the Spurs than take on Love's contract. Whiteside's salary this year is almost exactly matches Aldridge's $25M, but LMA has one more year on his deal after this one. I think Popovic could see the chance at re-signing a younger Whiteside as a better move than probably losing LMA in free agency in a couple of years. Once Nurk gets back, I could see this trade as a likely prospect.
     
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    I want to see what we've got with this group instead of shuffling the deck ….by the allstar break we'll know what we've got going on
     
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    I understand the appeal of LMA, but I really don't see him fitting well in the Stotts offense. In a vacuum he would be a great player to add, but not sure how his game fits with Dame and Nurkic.

    If Collins steps up big then I don't think there will be anything to discuss. But, if Collins shows he isn't ready, and Whiteside isn't amazing, I could see them trading Whiteside at the deadline for Love, who you could then use while Collins grows, and would fit great next to Nurkic. Hopefully Collins and Whiteside both excel as I don't really want Love's contract or defense either.
     
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    CJ's next podcast episode guest: Kevin Love.
     
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    Is Neil listening?
     
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    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2848931-1-trade-every-contender-should-make-to-go-all-in

    1 Trade Every Contender Should Make to Go All-In

    Portland Trail Blazers
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        Portland Trail Blazers Receive: Kevin Love

        Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: Hassan Whiteside, Zach Collins


        The Cavs won't deal Kevin Love without getting back a combination of young players and draft picks, Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reported. Given his age (31 in September), injury history (most recently a toe ailment that necessitated surgery and wiped out three-plus months of last season) and colossal contract (four years, $120.4 million), that's an egregiously high asking price.

        In fact, five different executives told The Athletic's Sam Vecenie they wouldn't do a Love deal if Cleveland didn't provide some kind of sweetener (salary relief, draft pick, etc.).

        The Cavs need a desperate team, not to meet their preferred rate (no one will), but simply to provide something valuable in return. The Blazers might be that team.

        They're at or nearing now-or-never time with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum at their peak. They're also limited in ways of adding help since their financial books have been bloated the past few years.

        Love would lock Portland into its core, but if it sees championship potential, that wouldn't be a problem. Maybe it's a reach, but a glass-half-full projection is that Love would liven up an already elite offense as a multitalented screener, a floor-spacer, an outlet passer and a slithery post scorer. That could give Portland the NBA's highest-scoring trio and enough offense to shoot its way through any series.

        "If you put a playmaking screen-setter who can shoot next to Dame and CJ, that's a problem," ESPN's Zach Lowe said on Woj and Lowe (via Tim Brown of the Oregonian). "... I would like to see that a lot."

        If Cleveland is honest with itself, it should pounce on this swap.

        Once Hassan Whiteside is trade-eligible, his salary would be needed to make the money work. But it's also expiring, meaning the Cavs would have a clean escape from Love's big deal.

        Portland could put any one of its assets into play—Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons, Nassir Little or a future pick—but Collins might be its preference. With Love and Jusuf Nurkic locked into starting frontcourt spots, Collins, the 10th pick in 2017, would need a change of address to spread his wings.
     
  9. BlazerWookee

    BlazerWookee UNTILT THE DAMN PINWHEEL!

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    "Bleacher Report," lol...
     
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    Blazers would be desperate to make this move. Reminds me of trading for Kemp.
     
  11. illmatic99

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    First part (of three) is out today. Listening now.

     
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    I can't help but wonder if Cleveland delayed any trades for KL to after July 1 thinking that his almost 5 million salary increase would also increase what came back to them in the trade. Personally I think it made it that much harder to trade him.
     
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    Well that and like half the league can't be traded til December.
     
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    They should have been happy with an ending contract and a draft pick. What they did by signing KL to the big contract was some what similar to what the Blazers did in the summer of 2016. They knew free agents would no longer be flocking to Cleveland so they might as well resign him and try to get value that way. No way they thought they would keep him for the entire contract, but now if they wait too long it will be like the AC scenario where they know someone will take him, but they might end up giving him away for nothing.
     
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    I just listened to it. He didn't say much besides gushing about Oregon/Portland. "I'll always be a Portland guy" etc etc.
     
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    Well he wouldnt connect us to a championship.
     
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    If we got Love on this team people who don't want him would learn to be ok with it.
     
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    ABM Happily Married In Music City, USA!

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    https://www.nbcsports.com/northwest...in-love-opens-cj-mccollum-latest-pull-podcast

    Kevin Love opens up to CJ McCollum on the latest Pull Up podcast7854/

    https://t.co/Oxffuo5cOl

    Episode No. 71 of the ‘Pull Up Podcast with CJ McCollum’ addresses mental health and the crucial balance between an NBA player’s social life and work life.

    On this latest podcast, McCollum and NBA analyst Jordan Schultz take a deep dive on the physical and mental aspects of NBA players’ lives.

    This episode also has an extra special Portland connection.

    Special guest 5x NBA All-Star and NBA Champion Kevin Love joins the discussion.

    This is the first edition of a two part series. Love talks about each phase of his career and making sure he continues to taking care of himself.

    From his start at Lake Oswego High School, OR to winning a championship with Lebron James, this podcast takes you through Love’s journey of how he became the player he is today as he get sets to enter his 12th season in the league.

    Love recently addressed how he has been battling mental health issues when he wrote about it in ‘The Players’ Tribune’ back in May.

    Love and McCollum talk more about Love's mental health and depression issues on the podcast.

    “If you kill the body, the mind will die,” Love told McCollum.

    “Working on what’s between the ears… I think that’s lost on so many guys and we play such a long drawn out season… You do have to find some sort of break,” Love continued.

    NBA fans appreciate Love and McCollum’s honesty and how the two opened up on this latest podcast.
     
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    ABM Happily Married In Music City, USA!

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