After the Cleveland Cavaliers went home in disappointment after game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals, we all must wonder where they go from here. It seems like the Golden State Warriors are unbeatable at this point, so Cavaliers’ GM David Griffin will have some tough descions to make this summer.
Should They Trade Kevin Love?
Many seem to believe that Kevin Love’s performance the past two finals has made many in the Cavaliers organization dissatisfied. In the last 2 closeout games in the finals, Kevin Love put up a combined 15 points (7.5avg).
It was rumored back in January that Phil Jackson had offered Star Carmelo Anthony for Love. Griffin decided to turn this down but looking back at the finals, it was clear that Cleveland needed another scorer when their big 3 was off the floor. Melo would provide easy scoring opportunities with his deadly jumper and the chemistry between Melo, Lebron, and Irving would be amazing.
After the Cavs swept them in the first round, Paul George stated his frustration with the team after every loss. Reporters think his time in Indy are far over, as even Paul stated to his teammates that the Los Angeles Lakers were a prime destination for him. However, George’s bond for James has been well known for years now. Paul could be very interested in joining a championship contender instead of opting for LA.
Love for George or Melo could be on the table here for the Cavs. The better trade would obviously be Paul George, but the most realistic is definitely Carmelo Anthony. As he only has 1 year left on his contract and turning 34 next year, his value seems to be declining by the second. Don’t be surprised if the Cavs rip off the Knicks knowing how Phil Jackson does his trades.
Develop Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson, who is known for being the guy that hold down the paint for the Cavs, was out rebounded by Stephen Curry in these finals. Tristan played amazing in the 2015 and 2016 finals, which is why many expected him to be the X-factor for the Cavs this year. However, after letting Zaza Pachulia and David West get the better of him, it’s apparent something went wrong for Tristan this year. Maybe Khloe had something to do with it?
Thompson, who was handed an 80-million-dollar contract in 2015, hasn’t actually gotten better since then. His lack of a mid-range jumper made the Golden State’s job on guarding the Cavs that much easier.
Regardless, whether it’s trading Kevin Love for a big-time star or developing Tristan Thompson, the Cavs can’t come back the same way in 2018 or else it will be much of the same.