Cleveland Cavaliers Roster: Kevin Love Heading Back to Western Conference for All-Star Center?

By Nikko Villanueva, Posted: 06/13/17 06:27AM EDT

The 2017 NBA Finals exposed the weaknesses of the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the roster issues that troubled them was missing a competitive center. They had Tristan Thompson but he recorded abysmal numbers. This might lead to Cleveland looking for a new main man at the position and the team may have already found it. 

In a report by Brad Sullivan of Cavaliers Nation, he wrote that ESPN's Marc Spears recently had a podcast interview in the Bay Area. Spears suggested a move that may help the Cavaliers match the Golden State Warriors. He said the former NBA champions could try using Kevin Love to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the New Orleans Pelicans. 

Since Love headed to Cleveland, his name never left NBA trade rumors. Back in February, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue said the shooter is staying. Despite this, he remains a favorite topic in speculations. 

Following Cleveland's second NBA Finals defeat in three years, adjustments are expected to happen. The Cavaliers roster will likely undergo drastic changes. It is possible that one of these involves trading Love. 

The only problem if Cleveland targets Cousins is his contract. The deal is set to expire when the 2017-18 NBA season concludes, although Spears is not seeing this as a dilemma. He believes that if the Cavaliers trade Love for Cousins, the latter will be re-signing to stay and continue playing with LeBron James. 

It is an interesting trade scenario for Cleveland but the organization is unlikely thinking about it now. The Cavaliers' season just ended after a Game 5 loss in the NBA Finals to Golden State. Perhaps later this summer they would look at all their options, including this one, but for now, they will rest after a long and unsuccessful campaign. 

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