The Cavaliers maintain that they believe Kevin Love has a place on the roster, though if the big man returns next season, things could be different.
Love’s role on the team is expected to shrink, as Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com relays. There are some within the organization who wonder whether Larry Nance Jr. would be more effective next to Jarrett Allen in the frontcourt.
Selecting Evan Mobley at No. 3 in the upcoming draft would complicate things even more. Mobley and Allen may be able to coexist and even thrive, though figuring that out would take getting the two ample court time together, which in turn would leave even fewer minutes for Love.
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- The Cavaliers were eyeing David Fizdale as a candidate to join the franchise under J.B. Bickerstaff before he joined the Lakers’ staff, Fedor reports. The Pacers also had eyes for the former Heat coach as well, according to Michael Scotto of HoopsHype.
- Dennis Schroder is a free agent this summer and he’s looking for a lucrative deal in the $100-120 million range, according to Armin Andres, VP of the German Basketball Federation. The point guard turned down a four-year, $84 million extension with the Lakers earlier in the season. Los Angeles owns Schroder’s bird rights but if he walks, they don’t have the salary cap room to sign a replacement, which could mean the franchise overpays.
- The Boston Celtics recently hired Ime Udoka to be their new head coach, but their work is far from done. Pacific men’s basketball coach Damon Stoudamire is a target to join Boston’s new coaching staff, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
- Former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce is a candidate to join Steve Kerr’s staff on the Warriors, NBC Sports’ Monte Poole relays. Both Pierce and Kerr are assistants on Gregg Popovich’s Team USA staff.
- NBC Sports’ Kendra Andrews recently examined four buy-low candidates who the Warriors could consider this offseason. Otto Porter, Josh Hart, Justise Winslow and Talen Horton-Tucker would all help improve the team, but at different price tags and respective levels of play.