Kevin Love being traded to the Portland Trail Blazers has become the Story that Will Not Die in the summer of 2019. Like The Undertaker or a good horror movie villain, every time you think it’s properly dead, it rises again. This week Brad Botkin of CBS sports took a shot, naming the Blazers, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, and Golden State Warriors as hot destinations for the veteran forward.
Botkin places that quintet of franchises in the middle of the Venn Diagram of interest, salary to spare, and assets to entice the Cleveland Cavaliers to move Love. Of Portland, Botkin says:
A Love deal with Portland could work with Hassan Whiteside representing the money and Nassir Little and/or Anfernee Simons representing the assets.
Whiteside will probably leave at the end of the year anyway. Would either of the young players mentioned be appropriate value for Love? Would this be a steal for Portland, a mistake, or something in between?