Who says PG13 wants to go to Cleveland though? Are they willing to risk losing him after a season? If they could dump TT+picks/fillers for him, then they can match up much better. The truth is the Cavs are set up for the now with little assets to offer and no cap space. There "now" is great. Unfortunately for them, another team is even better.George has consistently said he wants to win. He would be going to the best team in the East and will be that for the foreseeable future. That team not only gives him the best chance to win, but also the biggest and longest contract. Now maybe he leaves, but I just don't see that as all that likely unless he just doesn't get along with James (which again is unlikely since I can't recall a player disliking playing with James).
Pretty sure I remember PG was also critical of the Durant to GS move and said that he wants to beat Lebron, not join him.
I see no way of this happening. I think the PG to LA fairytale is more likely. In fact, I think it'd be more likely for them to team up somewhere in LA than in Cleveland, as The Ringer speculated today that Lebron might leave Cleveland in 2018 for LA.
being traded is a lot different than leaving in free agency. If George is traded to Cleveland for Love, I think he would get over that whole beating Lebron thing fairly quickly and turn his attention to the Warriors.
The Cavs need another wing defender. Smith is just too old (and was only ok anyway) and Shumpert has also lost a step. They need someone else that they can rely to play on both sides of the floor. They also need some defenders on the bench (and less shooters though the shooting would be a bonus, you know a Bruce Bowen type player).
I really think Cleveland will explore heavily moving Love for a wing defender. You start looking around and the only one that really makes sense is George. That would alter the narrative a great deal in Cleveland.
I could also see the Cavs looking at moving Thompson and maybe trying for say Anthony from the Knicks. That too would at least get the Cavs a very consistent 3rd option, and frankly as bad as Thompson has been everywhere, Anthony might actually be better than him everywhere (not just offensively). Heck they could do both moves. How strange would the Cavs be with Anthony, James, George, Irving, and Smith. Even the Warriors would struggle defending that team and it has the offensive firepower to match up well with them.
at the end of the day, Cleveland only cares about 1 team, and that team is currently up 3-0 in the Finals on it. Cleveland will make moves that make it more likely for the Cavs to beat the Warriors and won't pay attention at all to any other team in the league.