During a break in the action at Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas, the dynamic point guard had a chance to speak with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill about how much he'd like love to have a certain type of player on the court alongside him.
You can see the exchange below:
"Another thing that could be helpful for the Cleveland Cavs—this is my unbiased opinion—is a big, tall power forward who could help with pick-and-roles, pick-and-pops, who could hit the 3, grab some rebounds—you know what I mean?" Hill asked the Cleveland floor general. "Would you like a guy like that?"
Hmm...I wonder whom he could possibly be talking about.
Given the omnipresent rumors swirling around Love, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Irving's squad, there really aren't too many ways Hill could've been more specific. I have a few suggestions, but the message obviously was quite clear even without these:
- Hill could have discussed this hypothetical player's phenomenal outlet passing, maybe even mentioning Corey Brewer by name as a hypothetical recipient of these two-handed bullets.
- He could have referred to the follicular forest usually adorning the face of this unnamed "big, tall power forward."
- He might have mentioned that such a player would often be used by long-time commenters as a suggested doppelganger for a certain Bleacher Report writer who lives in Denver, writes about the NBA and has the initials ACF.
Hill didn't do any of those things, but Irving still knew what was going on.
"I think any team would like a guy like that, but especially us. I think we would love to have a guy like that," Irving told the host of the interview while holding back laughter.
After being asked how likely it is the Cavs get their hands on such a stud, he explained, "Honestly, I'm unsure, but hopefully we can make it happen. But obviously, if it doesn't, then we'll have to move on. But right now we obviously want that guy."
Of course they do.
Acquire Love—even if doing so involves giving up Wiggins, which I remain stubbornly opposed to—and your team is immediately ready to compete for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Irving is smart enough to figure out that adding a top-10 guy is a nice recipe for immediate success, which has to be something he craves after consistently missing the playoffs throughout his young career.
Playing defense and building a dynasty in the future might be a bit harder, given the inherent lack of financial flexibility that comes with three max players on the roster (Love, Irving and LeBron James), but Love would certainly help with immediate success.
So should we be surprised the Duke product wants a guy who sounds just like Love?