Just a few months ago players like Kevin Love wanted nothing to do with Cleveland. It was a disturbing trend in the NBA: a hotshot player outgrows his small market team and wants to move on to a big market and gain more stardom. We saw that when Chris Paul ditched New Orleans for Los Angeles, when Chris Bosh left Toronto, when Carmelo Anthony decided he had enough of Denver and booked a flight to New York, and here in Cleveland, when LeBron James left for Miami. Kevin Love was the next superstar yearning to get out of his location, as Minnesota could no longer offer him what he wanted. Cleveland seemed like a longshot place to acquire the imposing power forward—until LeBron returned to the Cavaliers. All of a sudden, Cleveland became the most attractive location for Love.
The cost of getting Love was expensive. Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins went to Minnesota while our 2015 first round pick was sent to Philadelphia in a three team trade. Bennett underachieved mightily in his rookie campaign after being selected first overall by the Cavaliers. A stout defender, I was looking forward to watch Bennett progress with the Cavaliers. I wasn’t ready to give up on him, despite many fans and analysts already proclaiming him a draft bust. The Cavaliers had Andrew Wiggins for only a few months after he was selected as the first overall pick in 2014. He showed a lot of promise in the summer league and will be a welcome addition to the Timberwolves.
Personally, I didn’t want to think about trading Wiggins. I think this guy is going to be a phenomenal player in the league and I wanted to see him succeed here in Cleveland. I had wanted to give Wiggins a trial run in the NBA with us, see what he’s got. While I was never against acquiring Kevin Love, I feel that maybe we should have pushed for him at the trade deadline instead. We could have potentially sweated out Minnesota and got him for less. I understand that Cleveland fans want a title and Love is definitely the guy to help us get one. Perhaps Wiggins could have helped us acquire even more championships in the future, but that’s just me thinking out loud. It’s not a bad dilemma to have either way you slice it; whether you go for it now or build for it later. I’m not mad at the decision to put all the chips on the table this season and make a deep run in the playoffs.
Before the 2014-2015 NBA season even starts, this already looks like the most potent Cavaliers roster ever conceived. LeBron will have more support in Cleveland this year than any of his first seven years. A small army of ex-Miami Heat players, an offensive minded guard duo in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, the ever improving talents of Tristan Thompson and now the acquisition of Kevin Love has transformed the Cleveland Cavaliers into an absolute menace. There’s a concern among my fellow fans that the Cavaliers may not be up to par defensively. I’m not worried, as sometimes the best defense is a good offense. The Cavaliers may have the best offense in the entire NBA. It may come to a point where it doesn’t matter how many points we give up if the other teams can’t outscore us. This is going to be an action packed year and I can’t wait to see it unfold.