NBA Cleveland Cavaliers News, Analysis: Proof That Kevin Love Remains a High-Value Asset

By Jeff Harris, Posted: 06/23/17 07:41AM EDT

There are lots of rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers is ready to part ways with Kevin Love. These rumors arise after his dismal performance during the 2017 NBA Finals where the Golden State Warriors recapture the NBA title by beating the Cavs in five games.

Not Enough Trade Interests

Sources close to the Cavs camp disclosed that the front office is having issues trading Kevin Love because he is not getting enough interests from other NBA teams. Unfortunately for the Cavaliers, the 6'10" four-time NBA All-Star is the third highest tradable asset of the team, the top two being LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

But does Kevin Love's game really dipped after transferring from being the go-to guy of the Minnesota Timberwolves to the star-studded Cleveland Cavaliers? As iSportsTimes reported earlier, trading the 28-year old Kevin Love won't resolve the issue even if he is replaced with another bonafide NBA superstar. The reason is pretty simple - his replacement would still be a third option behind LeBron and Kyrie.

Big Men Dilemma Playing with LeBron James

Can you blame the man from getting fewer points and rebounds? Chris Bosh has the same dilemma as Kevin Love back in Miami Heat when they formed their version of Big Three along with Dwyane Wade and LeBron. But why LeBron, Dwyane and Kyrie's numbers did not dwindle down can be answered by another simple reason - they control the ball.

As a certified big man, Bosh and Love's chances of scoring depends on low-post moves, alley hoops, jump shots and offensive put backs. Having someone by the name of LeBron James on the roster completely diminish the nature of basketball.

According to the stats available on Basketball Reference, Kevin Love averaged 17.1 points and 10.2 rebounds while playing alongside LeBron in three years. Chris Bosh's averaged 17.4 points and 7.4 rebounds playing alongside LeBron in the span of four years, according to Basketball Reference. Notice something? Their numbers are almost identical.

SPECIAL NOTE: Even Warriors' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson got the same drop in scoring numbers when Kevin Durant joined them last July. Steph's regular season average points dropped to 25.3 from 30.1. Klay's playoffs average points dropped to 15.0 from 24.3.

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