Cavaliers need to get Love

When the summer began, there was plenty of talk afloat in the NBA about a new big three getting ready to take over in 2014.

The usual big teams were named with Miami, Chicago and the Lakers taking center stage but no one mentioned the team that now has the best chance to assemble the Big Three, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavs, who just landed the prize free agent of the summer in LeBron James and who signed 2012 No. 1 pick Kyrie Irving to a long-term deal, are in discussions with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire All-Star Kevin Love.

Love, who has said he will sign a long-term deal if traded to Cleveland, would improve the Cavs 3-1 Vegas odds of winning a championship this season.

Love has proven he is a team player and is hungry to finally play for a winning team.

The Cavaliers and Timberwolves are very close in their talks with the Cavs offering 2011 No. 1 pick Dion Waiters and 2013 No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett and two first round picks. Waiters and the two first round picks are fine but the T-Wolves feel Bennett would not be a good fit.

So… who would be a good fit you ask? Andrew Wiggins.

The T-Wolves have been adamant that they want the No. 1 selection of this year’s draft included in the trade for K-Love and the Cavs would be wise to pull the trigger.

Why…. you ask?

Kevin Love is a perennial All-Star, having been named to the Western Conference team three times in six years.

He has won two gold medals for the United States during the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 London Olympics.

Love has averaged 19.2 points per game, which will be plenty as he will not asked to be the leading scorer in Cleveland. He also has snagged 12 boards per game for his career.

The Cavs would be losing a 19-year-old, coming off his lone season with the Kansas Jayhawks, where he certainly showed the skills that justified his selection at No. 1, but was wildly inconsistent.

As many seasoned sports fans know, talent and ability don’t always translate into production on the court, a fact the Cavs wouldn’t have to worry about it they pull the trigger for Love, an already established star player in the NBA.

Love also gives the Cavs the ability to keep James after his two-year deal is up, by having an established talent base.

Lack of talent is what hurt Cleveland four years ago when James decided to “take his talents to South Beach.”

LeBron made a good choice returning to the Cavs.

It is time for the Cavs to make a good choice and spring for Love.

Trade Wiggins and sign Love… make King James happy.

Contact Joe Albright at jalbright@newsandsentinel.com