Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin ruled out any trade possibilities for Kevin Love on Monday. Griffin clarified that the Cavs management isn’t involved in any trade talks regarding Love.
“You’d have to go a long way to convince me that we’re a better team winning in the Finals without a player like Kevin on our team,” Griffin said in an interview. “We’ve never once put together an offer involving Kevin, nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin.”
Love’s average has dropped since Kyrie Irving returned from injury on Tuesday. Shooting at the second lowest rate of his career, Love is averaging 15.6 points per game, his worst since the 2009-10 season.
Love is on a five-year, $112 million contract since last summer and is eligible for trade from January 15. Of the three trade exceptions the Cavs own, the largest costs $10 million.
“We think very highly of Kevin, and we believe Kevin thinks very highly of this situation,” Griffin added. “But I can also tell you that we have been very clear from the beginning that there’s no such thing as untouchables.
Love’s numbers haven’t improved under new coach Tyronn Lue yet. He finished with 11 points, six rebounds and two assists against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday. The Cavs won 114-107.