A return home for Kevin Love has been discussed but is this hypothetical trade really a deal worth discussing for the Portland Trail Blazers?
Over the past few weeks, rumors surrounding the possibility of Kevin Love being sent to the Portland Trail Blazers have become much more prevalent. Considering the Blazers have a hole at the power forward position and the fact that Love is an Oregon kid makes this seem like an ideal fit.
But is worth giving up on the future to acquire him?
Adding a player like Love to the Trail Blazers roster feels like the missing piece to what could be a lethal rotation, but it remains to be seen if he’s the right sized piece to complete the puzzle in Portland. Love is only 31-years-old, but it seems as if he has surpassed his prime and is just a shell of his former self.
Love has struggled to keep himself on the court and it doesn’t help that he carries such a massive contract with him. A potential deal for Love would most likely involve vital young assets like Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons and a few picks scattered around the next few years.
This is why the Blazers should exercise patience instead of jumping the gun on this deal. With Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in the midst of their primes, they can afford a little time to wait for Collins and Simons to develop before they’re washed up.
Zach seems ready to make a big jump in his development and become a key contributor as the power forward the Trail Blazers need. His offensive game seemed to improve on a nightly basis last year and his defense and work ethic have always been there.
Simons, entering his second year already appears ready to become a premier back up point guard in the NBA. He showcased his whole offensive arsenal at the Summer League in Las Vegas and is ready for the increased role he will most likely get next season. It would be unwise to underestimate how much these young guns can bring to the table next year, and for years to come.
Don’t get me wrong, Love is still a good player with a lot of experience and talent, and would probably even be an improvement on next year’s roster. But the impact that Collins and Simons will make in the near future isn’t worth giving up for an aging, injury-prone and overpaid Kevin Love. It’s just not worth mortgaging the future for a player the Blazers can’t count on to be there when they need him.