The Cleveland Cavaliers have been relatively inactive in free agency but are likely to make some major moves in the coming month. According to one source, the team is actively shopping Kevin Love and waiting for the best possible deal to come their way.
In recent weeks, the DeMarcus Cousins for Love rumor has gained traction but league sources indicate that Sacramento Kings aren’t willing to part ways with their temperamental center. New coach Dave Joerger wants to try and make it work with Cousins despite the failure of five predecessors.
Kevin Love has four years left…
Love, who still has four years left on his massive $113 million contract, was a practical no-show during Cleveland’s championship run, averaging a measly 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in six games of the Finals. Love clocked the seventh most minutes among all players, proving at times that the Cavs were a better team without the former all-star on the court.
Last month, ESPN insider Chad Ford explained why the Cavs were better off parting with the power forward. “Kevin Love hasn’t been the fit the Cavs had hoped for, although his workmanlike performance in Sunday’s Game 7 made the case for the Cavs bringing him back,” said Ford.
The insider also predicted that Knicks would convince Carmelo Anthony to waive his no-trade clause so he could team up with good friend LeBron James in Cleveland. Remember, Anthony still has three years left on his contract. Therefore the trade could serve both teams well.
Carmelo must waive no-trade clause…
“But if Cleveland isn’t sold on Love as a key part of its future, adding Melo to the mix, a player LeBron James has coveted for a while, would give the Cavs another strong scoring option that plays with more versatility than Love. Melo is older than Love, but the Cavs’ window with LeBron is another two to three years. Melo should keep contributing at a high level for that long,” explained Ford.
The Cavs can weigh their options before taking a call on Kevin Love. It seems like both Knicks and Kings are keen to see how Anthony and Cousins perform next season. However, expect Love to be out of Cleveland by the February trade deadline if not this offseason.