He’s been there, done that
Far be it from me to question a man’s desire, but one can’t help but wonder how much fire he has left in him.
Kevin Love has accomplished more than most people could dream in his illustrious career. He is a 5-time All Star, won an NBA Championship, and has grossed close to $250 million in contracts.
What else does an aging, injury-prone, star-turned-role-player have to fight for?
The Phoenix Suns are now the Valley Boyz, and everything that comes along with that culture. They are energetic, fierce, and bring a type of certain type of swagger unmatched by most other teams.
To shamelessly quote Hamilton, they are young, scrappy and hungry and they are not throwing away their shot.
They also look good doing it, and…actually that might be where Love would fit in, considering he has his own fashion line and has been featured at New York fashion week.
But assuming James Jones isn’t taking clothing style into consideration when making franchise-defining trades, you have to look at the other Valley Boyz culture traits.
If I were in Kevin Love’s position, I would not have a lot of passion to co-lead a young team laced with emerging talent to a place I’ve already been.
Maybe Kevin has more love for the game than I’m giving him credit for, but at the price of $30 million and a combination of young players and draft picks, it is not worth it.
The bottom line is that Kevin Love would be a great exchange for the Phoenix Suns to unload Tyler Johnson’s contract, but the James Jones should think long and hard before unloading too many prized assets.