Report: Cavs’ Love was Pistons’ backup plan if Blake deal fell through

Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy was target Kevin Love of the Cavaliers, if the Blake Griffin deal fell through, according to a report.

The Detroit Pistons’ acquisition of five-time All-Star forward Blake Griffin on Monday has been chronicled by Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated.

In his story, he goes into great detail into what went on behind the scenes in Detroit putting together the blockbuster trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that sent Griffin to the Motor City.

An interesting tidbit in Fischer’s excellent look at how the deal came together was the Pistons were targeting Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers as a backup plan, should the Griffin deal not come to fruition.

Fischer writes:

For Detroit, the deal needed to be consummated well in advance of the trade deadline. Including Tuesday night’s win over the Cleveland Cavaliers, eight of the team’s nine games before the All-Star break are at home. “It’s time to make a run now,” said one team source. If the Pistons failed to close on Griffin, Detroit was prepared to turn its attention to Kevin Love.

Of course, Love ended up breaking his left hand five minutes into Tuesday night’s game — against the Pistons — at Little Caesars Arena and is expected to miss up to two months.

Turns out, Detroit did not need its backup plan as it was able to land Griffin.