Everybody is talking about Dwight and CP3 as the prizes of the 2012 free agent class, but where is the love for Love?
I like any Wizards fan can dream of the alley oops that John Wall could lob to Dwight Howard, but nobody is talking about a guy that makes perfect sense for a team with John Wall at the point and JaVale McGee at center. That restricted free agent after this season is Kevin Love.
To me Kevin Love's game of rebounding and pick 'n pop abilities is the missing piece to the Wizards roster as I currently see it. Howard would be great, but he's not coming here unless John Wall morphs into an Iverson/Nash clone and Andray Blatche becomes Karl Malone, but I think there's a chance with Love...after all his father did play for the Bullets (the Baltimore Bullets), if that's worth anything?
What Love would bring to the Wizards is inside strength and when you look around the East, the talent primarily is on the wings: Miami has Wade, LeBron and Bosh, but struggled with no center, Kevin Garnett is aging in Boston, and it wasn't until the Knicks traded for Chandler that they had a PF-C combo that was intimidating, and we're yet to see how that's going to work. My point being that a combo of Love and McGee inside, with Wall at the point would be a very difficult matchup for any team to guard with Wall's speed, Love's rebounding, and McGee's shot blocking.
Love won't turn 24 until September of next year, McGee will be 24 in January, and Wall just turned 21. Perhaps Chris Singleton turns into a player somewhere between Wilson Chandler and Tony Allen that can solidify the SF. Maybe Jordan Crawford turns into a solid starting point guard somewhere between OJ Mayo and Jamal Crawford. Mix in a top 10 pick in the draft and the Wizards are off and competing for the East for the next 5-7 years.
I can see it now, "2012 the Summer of Love".