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Spears: Don’t be surprised if Cavs seek a big roster move if they lose the Finals


With the Warriors in prime position to win their second title over the Cavaliers in the last three seasons, Cleveland is struggling to find options that could help them take down Golden State. Because of the youth of the Warriors’ star players, they aren’t going away anytime soon barring a shocking move or freak injury.

LeBron James has been known to demand roster changes in the past, especially during his most recent stint with Cleveland, and could try to force another roster shakeup if they lose in the Finals.

ESPN senior NBA writer Marc Spears told Murph & Mac Wednesday that he thinks the Cavs could trade Kevin Love for another All-Star-level player to give them a better chance to beat the Warriors in a potential fourth Finals meeting.

“I could see them doing something major and making a big change,” Spears said. “If you want to mess with the Warriors, I’d try to dangle Kevin Love to the Pelicans to get (DeMarcus) Cousins. Not that Cousins has always played great against the Warriors, but if you put him in that environment…I think he re-signs to play with LeBron and he gives them something different to perhaps mess with the Warriors a little bit.”

Cousins averaged 27 points and 11 rebounds per game this past season for the Kings and Pelicans, and will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2018.

Listen to the full interview below. To listen to Spears’ comments on the potential Love trade, skip to the 8:33 mark.