Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue isn't ready to name Kevin Love the team's starting center instead of Tristan Thompson just yet. In an interview with cleveland.com ahead of LeBron James' minicamp this week in Santa Barbara, Calif., Lue said he planned to feature Love more in the offense this season with Kyrie Irving gone to the Celtics. But he stopped short of declaring he would slide Love to center in the starting lineup -- an idea hinted in an ESPN.com piece last week that was based on an interview with Lue -- so he could play Jae Crowder alongside James. "Right now we're just trying to get all of our pieces together and right now Tristan's our starter," Lue told cleveland.com. "I'm just thinking we're going to run a lot more stuff through Kevin, more at the elbows, like we've done the last year and a half. Just trying to figure out with our new pieces and our new players and just see what works best for us." Love, who turned 29 last week, enjoyed what was easily his best season statistically since joining the Cavs in 2014 last season, averaging 19 points and 11.1 rebounds and shooting .373 from 3-point range. Love was an All-Star and one of only five NBA players to average at least 19 points and 10 boards, but had to miss the game because of a knee injury that forced him out for about a month. Looking to Love as the Cavs' No. 2 scoring option behind James is obvious, of course, because Irving (who averaged 25.2 points last year) is gone to the Celtics and his replacement, Isaiah Thomas (28.9 ppg, third-highest in the NBA a year ago) is out with a hip injury. Last season, the Cavs outscored opponents by 14.5 points per 100 possessions with James and Love on the court and Irving out.
Cavs' Lue: Thompson still starting center, but Love's role will increase
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Sep 19