Jan 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) gets the rebound from Charlotte Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson (9) in the first quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

How does Kevin Love to Cleveland affect the Hornets?

This morning, Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers was a done deal, barring Andrew Wiggins 30-day trade restriction. I like Andrew Wiggins and think that he’s going to be a premier talent in the NBA. However, the Cavs are willing to let him go to put together a team around LeBron James that can contend for a championship. Cleveland is now ready to begin one of the most anticipated seasons since James came out in the 2003 draft.

For the other teams in the East, this presents a huge roadblock. Specifically, for our beloved Hornets, who are about to begin their most anticipated season ever. LeBron James has always burned them in the past. (Don’t watch this again.) He now has a team that has three prominent All-Stars. Remember, much like the Hornets, the Cavs are a young team that has lacked discipline. They obtained high draft picks to secure some talented players, but have not yet cracked the playoffs. Now they have two signings that will stabilize and raise the team to new heights. Both James and Love are ticking time bombs that can go off at any moment. Last season, Kevin Love averaged a double-double per game.

The Hornets’ defensive stoppers will be faced with their toughest challenge. Although, if you haven’t heard, Lance Stephenson did a more than admirable job the last time he had to guard James. I think that when facing the Cavaliers, the Hornets will try to give a variety of looks between Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Lance Stephenson and even some Jeff Taylor. That’s your best defenders against their best player. In order to guard Kevin Love, the power forwards will have to be mobile. Noah Vonleh may be their best bet. It could be dicey putting a rookie up against one of the league’s most potent scorers, but Vonleh is long and quick. He won’t get a starting nod against Love, but it would be good to get 15-20 minutes.

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