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Cavs GM Koby Altman reveals Kevin Love’s punishment after temper tantrum vs. Raptors

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Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman finally conducted his end-of-season press conference after another frustrating campaign for the club. Naturally, the Cavs GM was asked about Kevin Love’s situation.

Love had a rough go of it in 2020-21 because of injuries and all the losing, and his frustrations boiled over during a brief temper tantrum against the Toronto Raptors toward the end of the season. If you somehow forgot what happened, Love swatted a pass from the official inbounds and then gave up on the ensuing play, allowing the Raptors to score easily.

Here’s that disaster in video form:

Love was allegedly actually frustrated with the officiating and wound up apologizing, with the Cavs working to quickly move past the debacle. There was never any sign of punishment, and Altman said Friday Love was “reprimanded internally,” according to Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Altman also praised Love and believes he can still help:

That seems to be that when it comes to this saga, but one obviously still must wonder how long Kevin Love is for Cleveland. Love has been involved in trade rumors seemingly ever since he signed that four-year, $120 million extension after the departure of LeBron James, but nobody wants to trade for him now as he has continued to decline as a player.

The Cavs will surely explore a Love trade again in the offseason. But if nothing presents itself, would they try to buy him out? We already saw Cleveland buy out Andre Drummond this past season, and the Detroit Pistons bought out Blake Griffin and his massive salary.

Love still has two years and over $60 million remaining on his contract. The 32-year-old averaged just 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.9 minutes per game. He shot only 40.9% overall and 36.5% from 3-point range in 25 games.

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