Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love had an emotional verbal outburst directed toward Cavs general manager Koby Altman following shootaround on Saturday, expressing his displeasure and disgust with the organization, according to The Athletic.
Love would prefer a trade to a contender, though he has not publicly asked for one:
Kevin Love had an emotional verbal outburst directed toward general manager Koby Altman following shootaround on Saturday, expressing his displeasure and disgust with the organization, league sources told The Athletic.
Love was screaming in front of teammates and Cavs coaches and front-office members that there was “no feel here,” league sources said.
Love was fined $1,000 by the Cavs for an outburst on the bench on Dec. 31 in Toronto, sources said, and disagreed with the fine. He was spotted by cameras slapping chairs on the Cavaliers bench away from the team huddle in the third quarter of the blowout. He asked a Cavs coach to take him out of the game so he could cool down. During the next timeout, when a coach asked what was wrong, Love said he didn’t like how selfish the first unit was playing, sources said.
Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract with the Cavs after this season ends.
A five-time All-Star and NBA champion, Love is averaging 16.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season for the Cavs. He’s shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 84.7 percent from the free-throw line.
A bevy of contenders would love to acquire Love. He has career averages of 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavs.