The Cleveland Cavaliers are getting close to the “team in crisis” label the European press reserves for soccer teams. The team is struggling on the court, and turmoil off it seems to follow them at every turn.
LeBron James‘ fate in the coming months has haunted the team for years, but free agency seems like a faraway concern these days given how many other issues the club currently has.
Kevin Love’s early exit from a game on Saturday and absence on Sunday is just the latest in a long string of trade rumors and uncertainty the Cavs have had play out publicly this season. And the latest bit of drama is that one of the team’s newest contributors — point guard Isaiah Thomas — was the impetus for the Kevin Love drama in the first place.
The team meeting everyone in the NBA is talking about reportedly involved issuing blame for defensive malaise and a string of losses on people all over the roster, but Love found himself singled out specifically for his absence.