Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (42) runs up the court after scoring against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
The off-season continues on but the NBA always finds ways to make the news. Here are some takeaways from the latest action.
Cleveland Cavaliers could lose Love if they jumped the gun
The euphoria may not end until October for Cleveland Cavaliers fans who so soon after seeing LeBron James return, received news that the team was on the cusp of landing All-Star forward Kevin Love in a trade with Minnesota. It’s a blockbuster deal that could create instant championship content for a long-suffering franchise. However, the excitement may be premature. Sources close to the situation hint that the NBA is following things closely and could very well block the deal if the Cavs violated the new collective bargaining agreement by agreeing to a long-term contract with Love before he became part of the team. Fans better hope the league can’t find proof because they haven’t shown fear about blocking trades before.
James Harden and Dwight Howard losing credibility in Houston
From a pure talent standpoint, it doesn’t get much better than the tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard for the Houston Rockets. The problem is, there is a difference between physical talent and success on the court. Part of being a championship contender is fielding a cohesive team that plays off their stars, but recent hints show that Harden and Howard aren’t exactly the best leaders. Harden kick started it by purposely or accidentally calling everybody but him and Howard on the team “role players.” It was confounded by a recent rumor that the pair eat separately from the team. True or not, the perception alone paints Houston in a bad light and raises the concern that they may lack the leadership required to win.