1. Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
With the Cavs likely to use the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to select USC center Evan Mobley, Cleveland is likely moving forward with a frontcourt that could include Mobley and Jarrett Allen. Be it through trade or buyout, Love’s days in Cleveland appear to be coming to an end.
His scoring production and efficiency are going down the tubes, making the proposal to add him to the mix even less attractive for some teams. However, the Nets have shown that they can take veterans with a declining skillset on the offensive end and turn them into contributors.
Could Kevin Love rediscover his old form in Brooklyn with the Nets?
Blake Griffin was a shell of his former self in Detroit, and while he was rarely a leading scorer for the Nets, he aided in their playoff push by providing interior scoring and some solid perimeter play. Love might be in for a similar turnaround if he gets a kick in the rear end with the Nets.
The Nets should try to reunite two-thirds of the nucleus that gave the Cavs their first and only NBA championship, provided they are sold enough on Love’s ability to turn back the clock. A former Irving teammate in Cleveland and Durant teammate with Team USA, Love will have friendly faces around him.