Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is once again being brought up in trade rumors, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that the Cavs are “expressing a willingness to listen to offers” for the All-Star big man.
However, despite the constant rumors, Love understands why the rebuilding Cavs would trade him.
“I imagine, in a rebuild, it’s easy to look at it, especially when it’s down and out at this point, and say, ‘Hey, we want to completely reset the deck and go young,'” Love told Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “I understand that.
“But despite that, whether it’s five months or five years, I’m always going to be able to come back to Cleveland no matter what, and I’ll always love the fans, and be part of this organization, one way or another.”
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 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season for the Cavs. He’s shooting 44.0 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 88.2 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.