Kevin Love has been subject to trade rumors since the start of the year, with many experts opining that the power forward isn’t a good fit with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And even though Love underwhelmed during the NBA Finals, the Cavs front office isn’t trading him, not anytime soon.
Love was a non-factor during the seven-game Finals series against the Golden State Warriors, averaging just 8.5 and 6.5 rebounds from six games while missing one game due to a concussion.
In fact, the Cavs were a better team on both ends of the floor with veteran Richard Jefferson in the starting unit instead of Love, who finished with the worst Defensive Rating among all the starters.
Despite the glaring numbers, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has maintained that the team views Love as an integral part of the future. Love as four years left on his $113 million contract.
Kevin Love has many suitors
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Cavaliers realize that while Love “wasn’t extremely productive in the Finals against the Warriors” but they also acknowledge that they “won’t get anything better than Love in a trade. It’s something they have known for some time.”
Kyler also revealed that plenty of teams are lining up for Love if the Cavaliers make him available. “While there are no shortage of suitors who would take on Love’s contract, sources close to the Cavs say moving him is not even remotely a consideration.”
Meanwhile, Kyler also ruled out the possibility of a DeMarcus Cousins for Love swap, a trade rumor that has been doing the rounds for close to a year. Kyler said that while Cousins and Sacramento Kings are committed to each other, the Cavaliers have no intentions to part with Love.
“As for trading Love, there is no sense that the Cavs are even listening to offers. Like Cousins, he is a name you can simply remove from the discussion,” wrote Kyler.
Kevin Love averaged 16 points and 9.9 rebounds last season.