Charlotte Hornets: 3 positives and negatives of a Kevin Love trade

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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The contract situation is not ideal

Charlotte Hornets fans know about bad contracts, as the team has thrown money to some players over the years that haven’t been worth it at all. Love signed a four-year, $120 million deal during the off-season with Cleveland, and considering his age and injury history, taking on that contract is a definite risk.

Love really is a great player, but his contract could look a lot worse four years from now when he’s 34 years old. The next time he’ll be a free agent is at age 35. Will he still be playing at a high level at that point? I’m not so sure.

Also, his contract is going to limit other moves that the team can make. Paying Kemba Walker once he hits free agency is an absolute priority, so combine that with Love’s max salary, it’s going to be tough to fill out the rest of the roster.

Love’s contract is probably the biggest risk in a potential trade with any team. He’s a player that could help a team get over the hump, but is he the best target for the Hornets? Probably not. You don’t want to get yourself into any more problems with cap space.