The trading deadline in the NBA came and went, and the Cleveland Cavaliers only did some tinkering as we hoped they would earlier this week.
One of the things the Cavs needed to address was getting another reliable shooter from beyond the three point line, and they did just that, getting C/F Channing Frye from Orlando for Anderson Varejao, Jared Cunningham, and some draft picks.
We understand that dealing a long time Cavalier in “Wild Thing” will hurt some fans, but if you take sentimentality out of the equation, you will realize this is a good move by GM David Griffin.
Varejao didn’t get much playing time under either David Blatt or Tyronn Lue, so basically, Griffin moved someone who doesn’t play for someone who should get some minutes and also could solve a weakness.
Let’s face it, Tristan Thompson and Varejao are basically the same player, they don’t compliment each other.
Frye is a career 39% shooter from beyond the three point arc, and is making 40% of these shots in 2015-16.
His minutes are down about eight per game from a year ago, but Frye is now 32, and quite frankly, we would be surprised if he plays more than the 17 minutes a night he was getting in Orlando with the wine and gold.
There were many rumors surrounding Kevin Love as the trade deadline approached, and that made us shake our heads.
The primary rumor was Cleveland getting Ryan Anderson is return, which is ridiculous because he will be a free agent at the end of the season.
Love continues to be a whipping boy for those critical of the Cavs, but we feel the player hasn’t been productive as everyone thought because he is not utilized to the best of his ability.
When Lue took over the team, he wanted to get Love some touches around the elbow, where he had success in his best years with the Timberwolves. However, since the first couple of games, that has disappeared along with the production from Love.
After a four game stretch where the forward averaged 22.5 points and 9 boards per contest, the last four outings have produced 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Granted, Love left two of those games early with injuries, but even when he was in there, he seemed like an afterthought on offense.
Lue talks about sacrifice, but really no one has given up more than Love, who has been used pretty much like a glorified “stretch four”.
We feel that part of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving’s sacrifice should be to get Love some scoring opportunities as well. The team will be tougher to defend when they don’t ignore the big man.
Now, that doesn’t mean Love is blameless. His shot from outside (including at the free throw line) seems flat. He’s had many wide open looks from beyond the arc, and simply hasn’t made as many as he needs to.
His percentage isn’t down from last year, so perhaps again, it’s that he’s being used in this manner too often.
Maybe Frye makes the Cavs less reliant on Love for outside shooting from a big man.
We will not consider Love a “bust” or not worth getting in the trade until the wine and gold make a concerted effort to use him more efficiently.
By the way, we also don’t understand complaining about a guy who averages 16 points and 10 rebounds per night.