Is it Kevin Love time in Cleveland? Count Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as one of the many who believes the Cavaliers need to make Love to their roster.
The Cavs have been trying to get a deal done without sending No. 1-overall pick Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota. The Timberwolves, on the other hand, know that Love is enough leverage to push for a player of Wiggins’ caliber.
If it were up to Coach K, he wouldn’t even hesitate moving the rookie for the proven All-Star. The Cavs need to win immediately with LeBron James, and Krzyzewski views Love’s elite talent as being able to provide the necessary piece in the championship puzzle.
Coach K stopped by “The John Feinstein Show” on Monday to discuss Love, among many other topics. Following is an excerpt from the interview.
“I think there’s absolutely not one second of hesitancy. I’d trade for Kevin Love. That’s not saying anything about any of the other (players involved in the deal). Love’s an All-Star.”
“He’s a double-double guy, but he’s a double-double guy that can spread the court. There aren’t many double-double guys, if any, who spread the court. He can go inside and outside. There may be a low-post player that gets you a double-double, but Love does it and you can do a lot of different things with him.”
“I mean, I’ve coached him on two teams. No pun intended, but I love Kevin Love. He’s young, too. He’s 25. He was 21 (when I coached him). We had six 21-year-olds on our 2010 Istanbul team, and Kevin was one of them. He’s grown. He’s terrific. I would make that trade right away.”
“You look at LeBron and you have the best player in the world. He’s 29. I’m not saying he’s at the end of his career, but he’s in the second half of his career, let’s put it that way. And in the first half of his career, he was becoming a great player. He was a great talent becoming a great player. That takes time – just like if Wiggins or Bennett are going to be great, it’s not going to happen right now. They’re great talents. LeBron is a great player right now. You do not want to waste any year of a great player’s career.”
“Love is close to being (a great player). He’s not as great a player as LeBron, but . . . you know who Love is right now. They’re always developing, but he’s developed. He’s a consistent, outstanding player.”
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