With reports that Cleveland Cavaliers stud Kevin Love is on the trading block as things continue to spiral in The Land, teams across the NBA should be salivating at the thought of adding him to their rotations. Even with the age and injury risks that come with trading for Love, his talent on the floor is undeniable. Here are three very possible trade destinations that might materialize for Love.
3. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are sitting comfortably as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. With a revitalized squad, along with the addition of Kemba Walker, the only thing the Celtics really need to fill out their starting five is a strong stretch four to space out the frontcourt. Right now, most of the big man minutes are going to Daniel Theis and Enes Kanter, and Love could supplant either of them at the center position, or move over to power forward and provide shooting from there. Would Boston be willing to use Gordon Hayward's deal to even the cap? The Celtics could potentially have a starting lineup of Kemba, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Love, and Theis, which is as formidable of a starting lineup as there is in the Eastern Conference.
2. Brooklyn Nets
The Nets were projected to compete for a No. 4 or 5 seed in the Eastern Conference, but they're falling flat thus far, with a record of 12-10. The addition of Love would have a similar effect on the squad as it would on the Celtics; Love would be able to stretch the floor as a power forward, affording Jarrett Allen to have an increased number of opportunities to crash the glass and play off the pick-and-roll. Plus, wouldn't it be fun to have Kyrie, KD and Love replay the 2016 NBA Finals out next year, with KD assuming the role of LeBron?
1. Phoenix Suns
With Deandre Ayton currently suspended until late December, the Suns are a bit thin in their frontcourt, although a rotation of Dario Saric, Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky has been getting the job done. Of course, Love wouldn't be a quick rental for the Suns, as he'd provide a lot of veteran experience and leadership for the youthful Suns, while also being the second option behind Devin Booker. The Suns are actually in playoff contention right now, and adding Love to the mix would only further solidify their chances.