Apr 16, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio (9) and forward Kevin Love (42) at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports
Cleveland is in danger of losing out on their own Big Three. What happens if the NBA blocks the Kevin Love deal?
LeBron James likely loses at least one precious crack at another title
First and foremost, it will greatly affect the man the deal was meant to help. LeBron James has his rings. Now he’s on a quest to join the greats of all-time like Jordan, Magic and Kobe with at least five. The hope was that adding Love would put him in perfect position to continue that pursuit. Blocking the deal would be a serious hiccup. It would postpone Love’s arrival by a year or at all since Minnesota may choose to send him elsewhere like Golden State or Chicago.
Missing out on even one chance at a title is critical at this stage. LeBron turns 30-years old in December. He won’t play at his customary level forever. It’s doubtful he can carry the Cavs to a championship with the current roster around him, regardless of the presence of Kyrie Irving. One important thing to note is that neither of those three he’s chasing won a championship beyond the age of 35.
Cleveland Cavaliers must cope with disgruntled Andrew Wiggins
Worse yet, not being able to get Love means the Cleveland Cavaliers will be stuck trying to explain their situation to Andrew Wiggins, their 2014 first round pick who unwittingly became the primary pawn in their master plan. When the news hit him Wiggins claims he wanted to go somewhere he was wanted. Having to stay in Cleveland following a blocked trade would be a chemistry disaster waiting to happen. The last thing a team vying for a championship needs is a disgruntled player who doesn’t want to play for them.
Chicago Bulls become East favorite
As a byproduct of the missing infusion of talent Kevin Love would provide, the Cavs would be stuck at the level of second tier contender. Even with LeBron James. Without any sort of respectable depth and continued questions regarding their defense, Cleveland likely wouldn’t be able to handle the Chicago Bulls. Their own superstar Derrick Rose is back and appears fully healthy. Throw in the additions of Pau Gasol, European star Nikola Mirotic and 1st round pick Doug McDermott to a front line that already has Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson and the Bulls have the talent to compete with anybody, East or West.
Nothing has happened yet, but it’s clear the NBA could set off a chain reaction by keeping Love away from Cleveland.