Kevin Love Trade & Contract News 2014: Star is 'Likely' Headed to Cleveland; Which Players Should Cavaliers Target Next Season?
Minnesota Timberwolves Owner Glen Taylor has said that a Kevin Love trade to the Cleveland Cavaliers is "very likely." Although it looks like the Cavaliers will be getting Love to play alongside LeBron James, there's no reason they can't look forward to next year's free agent class.
Looking towards the future paid off greatly for the Cavaliers' front office. They had their eyes on James for quite some time and landed Andrew Wiggins. Here is a look at five players the Cavaliers may want to keep their eyes on.
Gasol has played his entire NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies so far, but he just may want to join the King in Cleveland next season. Why stay in a fierce Western Conference and a on a team that has almost no offense? For the Cavaliers, Marc is five years younger than his older brother Pau and he probably won't come at a very high price. Kevin Love is an elite offensive forward, but lacks defense, whereas Gasol is the opposite. This frontcourt combination would be interesting.
It's unlikely the Cavs can get him because his price tag will be so high. Aldridge makes about $15 million annually and if he wants to play in Cleveland he's going to have to take a paycut. Still, the Cavaliers should keep an eye on him. Aldridge can give a team a lot of excitement and energy, especially in the paint area. Aldridge and Bennett, paired with James, would be an slam dunk fest.
The Boston Celtics have been doing a lot of rebuilding lately. They even drafted point guard Marcus Smart No. 6 overall. There's a good chance Rondo will go elsewhere and he may just want to play with James in Cleveland. Kyrie Irving is a great young point guard, but he still hasn't proven himself in the playoffs yet.
Cole has shown he can play great when he's paired with James. He was a first round pick who helped the Miami Heat win two NBA Championships. He's always willing to come off the bench, he is a great teammate, and he's very capable at running the point guard position as well as even playing shooting guard. If next season goes bad for the Heat, Cole may want to abandon that ship and jump on board with the Cavaliers.
Why not? Perkins is an underrated player who never gets enough credit for his work. Perkins could be a very reliable player for the Cavaliers next season coming off the bench. He could give them at least 15-20 minutes per game. He's not an elite scorer like Love, or an elite defender like Gasol, but his all-around game and physicality is what makes him special. Perkins is still just 29 years old and is a terrific free throw shooter for a big man.
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