With the Cleveland Cavaliers frantically trying to put together packages to keep LeBron James in the fold, they have reportedly removed one name from trade discussions: Kevin Love.
According to ESPN, the Cavaliers are not actively shopping Love and would actually prefer to keep him, regardless of LeBron’s ultimate decision.
A lot could change over the course of the summer, however. “It could be my last run, too, so you just never know," Love told ESPN in April. "The unknown is something that you try to just put out of your hands for a certain amount of time.”
Love, who played at an All-Star level during the 2017-18 regular season, averaged 17.6 PPG and 9.3 RPG for the Cavs. He is also an excellent three-point shooter, as the power forward converted on 41.5 percent of his attempts from distance.
LeBron must inform the Cavs by June 29 of his intentions to opt in or out of his current contract. Meanwhile, the organization has been exploring further trade options, with Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker’s name mentioned most frequently.
Love would be the most enticing player for other teams when it comes to trades. Cleveland also retains the rights to the No. 8 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft. In the trade that brought Love to Cleveland, the Cavaliers selected swingman Andrew Wiggins with the first-overall pick in the draft before agreeing to the deal later in the summer.
ESPN adds that the Cavs have also spoken to the San Antonio Spurs about the availability of superstar forward Kawhi Leonard, but the team likely lacks the assets to consummate such a deal.
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