The Cleveland Cavaliers have been relatively quiet this offseason. In fact, they lost key players instead of making big moves to keep in step with the Golden State Warriors.
But are they really planning to move forward with what they currently have? With less than three weeks before training camp begins, Kevin Love’s name is being mentioned in trade rumors again.
Love, who has spent the past two seasons in Cleveland, was a subject of trade rumors before they won the title last season. Had the Cavaliers failed to win the championship, Love might not be in Cleveland anymore at this point of the offseason.
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Cavs to Lose Love?
But is his place in Cleveland really safe? The Cavaliers will likely make trades, and one possible scenario floating around involves Love again. According to FanSided’s Nugg Love, the Cavaliers could part ways with Love along with Mike Dunleavy and Mo Williams for a trade package from the Nuggets.
In the trade scenario, the Cavaliers will get Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Jameer Nelson and future first-round pick in return. But will the Cavaliers really do it?
According to the report, the deal will only be beneficial for the Nuggets. They will get Love, who could be their main man, and Dunleavy, who will give them additional threat from the outside. Williams might just be a filler, as he might announce his retirement anytime soon.
However, the Cavaliers might still agree to the deal, knowing that Love is not a good fit. Cleveland will get an energizer in Faried, a backup forward in Chandler, and a backup playmaker in Nelson.
“They just won an NBA Championship with the big-three in place, so why change it up?” Nugg Love noted. “For some reason fans seem to think that Kevin Love’s talents may be better suited elsewhere. So, if Love where to be traded, Denver might not be a bad place to shop.”
Love averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds last season. But during his final season with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he was the top option, the former UCLA standout averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 boards.