KEY POINTS

  • Kevin Love is an alleged target but makes no sense for the Brooklyn Nets
  • JaVale McGee poses as a better option for the Nets
  • The Nets may have to offload players to accommodate Love

The Brooklyn Nets are short-handed and need to add players on the roster.

The belief is that they are prowling for a defensive player who owns a reasonable contract. The name that gained steam was JaVale McGee of the Cleveland Cavaliers, someone who undoubtedly fills that void.

Surprisingly, the attention has been diverted to another Cavs player in Kevin Love. Most consider that upping the stakes a bit but makes no sense.

For one, Love carries a hefty price. Brooklyn needs to find a way to match the 32-year-old’s salary of $31.2 million, way beyond the $5.7 million trade exception they got for Spencer Dinwiddie.

A potential scenario would be to see the Nets unloading some more players, which further makes no sense since they are already lacking in manpower.

Among the names that could be dealt are DeAndre Jordan, Dinwiddie, Landry Shamet and either Bruce Brown or Nic Claxton.

Joe Harris could make sense, but the 29-year-old swingman cannot be traded until March 3rd. This is based on the contract he signed in the offseason, Hoops Hype reported.

If this is the route that the Nets go, it would leave them with only 10 players. They would end up needing to sign four more players in two weeks which seems pretty complicated.

Furthermore, it is worth noting that one aspect of the Nets game that head coach Steve Nash wants to resolve is defense.

Between Love and McGee, it is obvious that the latter is a more plausible choice.

Love has never been known as a defensive player. He is known more as a rebounder and for his offense but never carved a name for himself as a stopper or rim protector.

Kevin Love Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 19, 2018. Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

As mentioned in a previous post, McGee is a good fit for the Nets. Ironically, this cropped up because he lost his spot to former Brooklyn player Jarret Allen.

Aside from McGee, other names that the Nets may want to consider include Ed Davis, Nerlens Noel or even Bismack Biyombo. Brooklyn is already oozing with firepower, so adding Love could bring in more problems than answers.