Despite rumors that the Cleveland Cavaliers could part ways with Kevin Love this summer, the fact remains that he’s still on the squad at the moment. It also looks like the Cavs are set to keep the former All-Star in Cleveland as they now begin planning for his role on the team in 2021-22.
At this point, it’s almost certain that Kevin Love will leave the bench for Cleveland. According to Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto, the Cavs are banking on one particular player on the roster to help Love succeed in his new role and in so doing also help secure the 33-year-old’s future at Cleveland:
The Cavs are hoping Kevin Love can thrive playing 20 to 25 minutes on the bench with veteran point guard Ricky Rubio. They sometimes looked good in the preseason. They played in Minnesota together from 2011-2016. Rubio has the skills and knowledge to be the great playmaker the team needs.
Rubio recently joined the Cavs through a business deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. His veteran presence is going to be crucial for Cleveland as they focus on youth development. It turns out that Rubio could play a key role for Love this coming season as well.
As the report above indicates, Rubio played alongside Kevin Love in Minnesota for many years, and that was during the latter’s prime. The Cavs are hoping to bring back some of that shine for love, and it looks like they’re pretty optimistic about it. If things still don’t work out for Love this season, however, it could spell the end of his time with the Cavs.