From the outside looking in, it seems that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love are headed for a split soon. As of now, however, the Cavs haven’t gained any traction on a Love trade. The 31-year-old forward would prefer a trade to a contender, though he has not publicly asked for one.
One Western Conference exec who spoke to David Aldridge of The Athletic thinks Love doesn’t have a lot of value, which means the Cavs might not get a big return for the All-Star big man if they decide to move him before the February trade deadline.
“I don’t think Kevin Love has a lot of value,” a Western Conference executive said Monday. “The contract is obvious, but you know he is going to miss games with the toll on his body… I don’t see teams taking Kevin on (without) at least taking back a first-round draft pick or multiple seconds.”
A five-time All-Star and NBA champion, Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract with the Cavs after this season ends.
Love is averaging 17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game this season. He is shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 37.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.3 percent from the free-throw line.
A bevy of contenders would love to acquire Love from the Cavs, but only for the right price.