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Should the Cavaliers Try to Trade Kevin Love for Paul George This Offseason?

Submitted by on June 13, 2017 – 4:39 pmNo Comment

The Cleveland Cavaliers were unable to compete with the Golden State Warriors in the 2017 NBA Finals. They avoided getting swept by beating the Warriors in Game 4 of the best-of-7 series at home, but they lost on Monday night to lose 4-1 in what was mostly a lopsided affair.

But the good news for the Cavaliers is that they shouldn’t have all that much trouble getting back to the Finals again next season. Barring an injury to one of their key players, Cleveland will once again be favored to win the Eastern Conference. They’re still infinitely better than any of the other teams in the West.

The problem they’re going to run into next year, though, is that they’re still not going to have enough firepower to keep up with the Warriors. Thanks to the addition of Kevin Durant last summer, the Warriors are to the Cavaliers what the Cavaliers are to teams like the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors in the East. They are going to be too good for the Cavaliers over the course of a seven-game series.

So what should the Cavaliers do? There are some people who believe the Cavaliers should consider trading Kevin Love this offseason in exchange for a player who can provide more for them next season. Specifically, those people want to see the Cavaliers work out a deal with the Indiana Pacers for Paul George. George has just one year left on his current contract, which means a deal for Love could backfire in a year or so if George decides to leave Cleveland and sign elsewhere. But why would he want to if the Cavaliers are able to make a deep run in the playoffs with him playing a key role?

The Cavaliers may not be on board with the idea of trading Love for George. But clearly, they need to do something this offseason if they want to keep pace with the Warriors. Because believe it or not, the Warriors might actually get even better next season. They’ll have all the experience of this season plus even more confidence in themselves now that they’re NBA champions.

And if the Cavaliers don’t make some moves to improve? Look out. It could spell disaster for them if and when they make it back to the Finals.

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