Friday on Mad Dog Sports Radio, Jeff Van Gundy joined Chris Russo, and explained to Mad Dog why the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t in the best position to acquire Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love.
“I think it would start with [Andrew] Wiggins,” Van Gundy said, “but I’m not sure that would be enough. If you’re gonna trade an All-Star type player in Kevin Love, I don’t think you’re trading him just for the No. 1 pick. If you’re going to go volume of players, you gotta get a number of players that you think are pretty good. And I’m just not sure past Kyrie Irving, who you’re not going to trade, who you would trade to entice Minnesota. If Minnesota can get Klay Thompson as part of the package with David Lee [from the Golden State Warriors], you have to do that.”
Van Gundy didn’t totally dismiss the possibility of Love eventually getting shipped to Cleveland.
“It may happen, I’m just not sure if you’re Flip Saunders, if you do that right away.”
Either way, Van Gundy pointed out, the Cavaliers do have holes in their roster – the lack of a stretch big man who can shoot from long range being one of them.
“I think James has never played with a ball-dominant point guard,” Van Gundy said. “He’s always played with a spot-up shooter type of point guard, because the ball is in his hands. I think the harder adjustment is going to be to Irving to adjust to playing without the ball in his hands as much. And then also for James, right now, they have [Anderson] Varejao and Tristan Thompson. Neither shoot with great range, so the floor is not going to be spaced like it was in Miami. And that’s why everyone thinks it’s so critical they get a range-shooting big like Kevin Love, to open the floor up.”