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USA Basketball president Colangelo on adding Kevin Love to roster: “Chances are it won’t happen”

Aug 5, 2014, 5:05 PM EST

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Team USA is not deep along the front line. Kevin Durant will be the USA’s primary power forward with maybe guys like Chandler Parsons and/or Kenneth Faried getting run at that spot. Anthony Davis will be the starting center with a change of pace guy — DeMarcus Cousins, Andre Drummond or Mason Plumlee — off the bench.

What they could use is Kevin Love

What if Love is traded on Aug. 23 or 24 to Cleveland (as expected), that is a week before the World Cup tips off in Spain. Could Love be added to the roster?

Could? Yes. Likely? Not at all. That’s what USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said in a media conference call on Tuesday.

“We have to be realistic about the situation…” Colangelo said. “For him to join up with us at that point in time would be tough, not just but for him but for our team. Plus you need to look at the fairness factor… Chances are it won’t happen”

No, that does not completely close the door. It’s ajar. But don’t bet on it opening any farther.

Money is the main reason Love will not get added to the team. It’s always about the money. Once Love gets traded he still plans to opt-out next summer and become a free agent, signing a max deal with Cleveland (or, if things go sideways fast, somewhere else). Get injured and his value plummets. The odds are long, but the Paul George situation is a reminder that injuries do happen. Love just can’t risk it.

Then we can get into whether it’s fair for a guy who didn’t go to camp to just jump back in and the rest of it. But we all know money is the deciding factor here. Why do you think the NBA owners are complaining about players in international events? Because they aren’t getting a piece of that pie.

  1. duhwighthoward - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    He ain’t going to the Cavs. Mitch Kupchak is going to step in and psyche LeBron into teaming up with Boozer again. Welcome to LA, Kevin Love!

  2. azarkhan - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    “Why do you think the NBA owners are complaining about players in international events? Because they aren’t getting a piece of that pie.”

    I can see why you would feel that way. After all, you’re not the one paying Paul George $15.9 million dollars for the 2014-15 season, the season he’ll miss.

    • spursareold - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      Typical owner BS. The NBA is more popular worldwide than ever, because of USA*Basketball, and you DO get your slice of THAT merchandising.

      • bkbell3 - Aug 6, 2014 at 12:24 AM

        Exactly spur, Plus guys like cuban aren’t worried so much about injury, he wants to start his own world cup so he can make money off the players in the off season. People seem to forget that the players get paid for the season and playoff thru their contract and have fulfilled it when the season ends. Although some players have their pay spread out over 12 months instead of the shorter period most take. Also to azarkhan above, once george misses 41 games the insurance kicks in and pays the team 80% of his contract.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 6, 2014 at 9:25 AM

      The pompousness of the writers here is astouding. How would you feel as a pacer season ticket holder who plopped down thousands to watch? Lot’s not act like USA Basketball has no financial motive either.

      I also beleive the USA Basketaball doesnt grow the game as much as they say it does. Sure in 1992 it did, but I dont think it has much of an impaact anymore. Countries have their own players, and they also can watch the NBA over the internet, having much easier acces to NBA players than before.

  3. seasickcecil - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    After next season both LJ and Love will opt out and sign 2 year deals. Both deals will have opt outs after 1 year. After the second season both will opt out. And wait for the new tv money. If Love leaves it will be then. LJ isn’t going anywhere.

  4. seasickcecil - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    I’ve posted this many times. It explains LJ contract decision. http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2014/07/heres_why_lebron_james_signed.html

  5. cbking05 - Aug 5, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    DO you Love eL BJ

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