Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney debated the merits of Kevin Love on Wednesday, with Barber arguing that Love is one of the top 15 or 20 players in the NBA. Tierney disagreed.
To break the tie, the CBS Sports Radio duo enlisted the services of Billy King.
“Well, when he’s healthy, he’s pretty good,” the former Nets general manager said of Love. “I don’t know if you’d put him in the top 15, but I think when healthy, he’s pretty good, especially when you have Kyrie and LeBron as your top two, (with) LeBron (being) No. 1. Kevin Love, if you put him (as your third option), I think a lot of teams would like to have him at that position.”
Love, 28, averaged 19.0 points and 11.1 rebounds this past season – numbers right on par with his career averages of 18.4 and 11.5, respectively.
Love’s best years were in Minnesota, where he averaged 26.1 points in 2013-14 and 15.2 rebounds in 2010-11. The Timberwolves, however, finished with a losing record in each of Love’s six seasons.
“I think for where he is with (the Cavs), he’s great,” King said. “I don’t think he’s a franchise guy right now. I think he’s a guy who, if you put him as a complement to guys (like LeBron and Kyrie), he’s a perfect fit.”
Now the Cavs just need to decide what to do with him. In fact, the Cavs need to decide what to do with a lot of players – and not just the ones on their team. Cleveland has done next to nothing this offseason.
Then again, that’s what happens when you fire your GM and can’t find a replacement.
“Without knowing who’s going to be running the ship, it’s difficult,” King said. “I don’t know if Dan Gilbert is in a rush, but I think you need to get someone who can make those calls. There are guys out there that are minimum players. They can still get guys like that to complement their bench. Guys (know they won’t start), but they know, ‘Hey, I can be a piece of this.’ Re-signing (Kyle) Korver was good, but I still think they need a couple more guys.”