Kevin Love is likely to be traded this offseason and the Cleveland Cavaliers could consider replacing the power forward with Huskies freshman Marquese Chriss, who is projected to be top-5 pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
The Boston Celtics, who own the third pick in this year’s draft, have been linked with Love since the all-star forward’s days in Minnesota. GM Danny Ainge had another unsuccessful crack at it this past trade deadline. According to Real GM, Ainge recently spoke with Love’s agent and “inquired” about a possible offseason move to Boston.
Danny Ainge meets Love’s agent
“Danny Ainge attended a workout with Excel Sports Management clients in New York City recently and met with prominent agent Jeff Schwartz,” reports Andrew Perna of Real RM. Remember, the Celtics have enough cap room to absorb Love’s contract without sacrificing prized assets.
Perna continued: “Schwartz represents Love, as well as Harrison Barnes, who will be a restricted free agent this summer. Ainge is believed to have inquired with Schwartz about whether a trade for Love could be revisited.”
Earlier this year, ESPN’s Zach Lowe revealed the negotiations that took place between Cavaliers and Celtics prior to February’s trade deadline. “Cleveland and Boston had trade talks for Love at the deadline, though they died with Boston offering a low-ball package the Cavs wouldn’t consider, according to several league sources. Even if Boston’s interest has faded, someone will call Cleveland about Love around the draft (on June 23),”
Is Kevin Love worth too much?
Lowe’s report also revealed that Celtics were unwilling to include Avery Bradley or Jae Crowder in the deal. If the trade is re-visited, it’s likely that Boston would prefer to keep their defensive-minded wings and strictly offer the No.3 pick along with other draft considerations.
According to an insider, the Cavaliers would prefer trading Love for a rookie since that would open up some cap room to pursue other free agents. Also, it’s too early to rule out the possibility of Carmelo Anthony waiving his no-trade clause and teaming up with good friend LeBron James in Cleveland.
Kevin Love, who has been a non-factor in the NBA Finals against Golden State Warriors, signed a five-year $113 million deal to remain with the Cavaliers last offseason. He has a player option to become a free agent in 2019.