Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert re-sign with Cavs

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Kevin Love stated since day one that he intends to be a Cavalier for a long time. Well, he showed that he’s a man of his word yesterday. Love signed a 5yr/$110M deal Wednesday afternoon, which will keep the trio of Lebron James, Kyrie Irving and Love together for a long time. Although James opted out of his deal, he fully intends to re-sign with the Cavs this summer. This coming a couple days after a photo of Love and James meeting by a pool in Los Angeles.

Love presents a matchup problem when he’s on the floor. He can play in the post or he can hover around the three-point line, creating space for others to drive to the hole without many obstacles. For the next five years, this is what we will be seeing in Cleveland.

Love’s first trip to the playoffs ended after just three games, no thanks to a Kelly Olynyk armbar that tore the Cavalier power forward’s labrum. Olynyk was given a one-game suspension, which he will serve during Boston’s first game this upcoming season.

Although his defense is a little suspect, no one can argue that his offensive capabilities are a viable asset. The problem last year was his lack of involvement in the offense, especially after the first quarter. There were countless times that the All-Star forward was given the ball early in the game and started out hot. However, the offensive approach soon went from feeding Love the ball to everyone settling for mid- to long-range jumpers.

As long as David Blatt and his staff make the proper adjustments, this will be a happy “marriage” between Love and the Cavs. One big adjustment would be to give Love more touches and more minutes when Lebron is sitting, which will also help preserve Lebron’s health the deeper they go into the season. As we saw in the Finals, Lebron ran out of gas shouldering the burden of being the primary scorer. With Love healthy, the Cavs would have been able to give Lebron much needed rest and they would have won the Finals.

The second adjustment to make would be to let Love play on the block a little more. While having his versatility as a three-point shooter is a gift, he can do more damage down low and would provide more of an offensive punch. This gameplan would be best used when the Cavs have their three-point shooters on the floor. Eventually teams will start doubling him up down low, opening up the floor for everyone else, even Timofey Mozgov or Anderson Varejao.

Also making headlines on Day 1 of free agency, Iman Shumpert inked a 4yr/$40M deal.  Shumpert proved to not only be a tough, tough player by playing with an injured shoulder and groin, but he also played tremendous defense (when healthy of course). The next key piece to re-sign would be Tristan Thompson. It was reported that he was going to sign a 5yr/$80M deal, but that was just a rumor. The Cavs and Thompson’s camp are still a little off on the amount, but a deal should be done soon.

Dan Gilbert dropped $150 million to ensure that the current team stays together and continues to grow. Lebron is almost certain to sign another 1+1 (one year deal with a player option for next year) this summer, and that deal would add at least another $21M for this year’s payroll. The Cavs still need a solid, reliable verteran point guard to spell Kyrie and start when needed. A few players come to mind, namely Patrick Beverley, Mo Williams and Rodney Stuckey, mainly since all three can score at will and give the Cavs a solid 10-15 points off the bench every night.

With the gang getting back together, Cavs fans are going to have a lot to look forward to for the next few years. With Gilbert willing to spend, and David Griffin already looking like a genius when it comes to trade deals, the Cavs are primed for a long run atop the NBA.

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Raymond Bosak About Raymond Bosak

Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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