AKRON (92.3 The Fan) — The reported Kevin Love trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a deal that cannot be made official until August 23, the one month anniversary of Cleveland’s signing of first overall pick Andrew Wiggins, has seemingly become a formality away from shaking the league to its very core.
The inability to deal Wiggins for 30 days – rumored to be heading for Minnesota along with Anthony Bennett and a protected future first-round pick – has not stopped the speculation from circulating regarding the future of the Cavaliers.
That buzz has certainly not escaped LeBron James.
James, before taking part in Friday night’s Welcome Home LeBron Celebration at InfoCision Stadium in Akron, discussed the possibility of the Cavs acquiring Love, and what it would mean to the franchise if Cleveland could complete the reported deal and land the All-Star forward.
“We don’t know for sure, and I’m not getting my hopes too high on it right now, because I don’t know what could happen between now and the 23rd,” James said. “At the 23rd mark, if he comes aboard and signs, I can tell you, I’ll be really excited, very excited to have him. He’s one of those guys that, I don’t even really care about the 26 [points] and 12 [rebounds], I care about the basketball IQ. His basketball IQ is very, very high.”
LeBron knows of Love’s tremendous skill firsthand.
The two were teammates on the USA Men’s Olympic Basketball team in 2012.
“I had an opportunity to spend 32 days with him on the 2012 Olympic team,” James said. “I always told Kevin Love that, ‘You’re, like, very good, man.’ He always thought I was like, blowing smoke… I always told him he was going to be the reason we won the gold medal. He played a huge role for us… I’m looking forward to it. Hopefully it happens and everything is done right from a league rule standard, but he’s a great piece.”
Many feel if and when the Cavs acquire Love from Minnesota, Cleveland instantly transforms into a championship favorite.
LeBron, however, pumped the brakes on those instant expectations.
“It doesn’t change,” James said of the time frame to win a title in Cleveland. “It’s still going to be a process. Even my first year in Miami, we went through a process. There were tough times. We were 9-8 at one time. Things didn’t look like they were going to get right, and we still ended up losing in the Finals, but I feel like that catapulted us to winning back-to-back championships.
“Even with the veterans we brought in, even if we are able to acquire Kevin love two weeks from now, it’s still going to be a process. I know that. I know that first hand. It’s going to be a challenge for us because a lot of these guys haven’t been through it. In order to be successful, you have to have to have some pitfalls, and I know it.”
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