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Kevin Love got what he wanted. A trade to a contender. Now, it's time for the star forward entering his seventh season to finally make a playoff run.
During his six years with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love failed to qualify for the postseason.
That can certainly be attributed to a shaky supporting cast and a deep Western Conference, but Love's issues on the defensive end haven't helped his argument. After all, Kevin Garnett consistently made the playoffs with weak teammates during his Minnesota days.
That's not to say that Love should be held to the same standard as Garnett, but merely that he cannot escape all of the blame for never playing in May.
Now, Love will almost certainly do that. While the deal that would send the UCLA product to the Cleveland Cavaliers isn't official yet (per Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN), it would take an awful lot for it to fall apart, so let's just assume that Love is a Cavalier.
The rebounding machine and three-point marksman will team up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, forming the NBA's latest big three.
Does Cleveland have enough to win a title in its first year? Probably not, as there will certainly be issues defensively and the San Antonio Spurs still own the league, but anything short of a Finals appearance would be considered a rather significant disappointment in Cleveland.
This is Love's chance to finally show his stuff on the big stage. He averaged a career-high 26.1 points per game last season, but you know that isn't going to mean anything in the eyes of critics if Love can't help lead the Cavs through the Eastern Conference.
Is it fair? Not necessarily, but with a teammate like James, you can see why potential criticism would arise should Love not help his ballclub live up to its lofty expectations.
One thing is for sure: It should be an incredibly entertaining situation to monitor.