RUMOR: Cavs have ‘nothing percolating’ on the Kevin Love trade front
Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract after this season ends:
Cleveland, entering Tuesday, had nothing percolating on the Kevin Love front, which isn’t much of a surprise with three years and $91.5 million left on his contract after this season. The Cavaliers will almost certainly have to wait until the summer to resume the search for a trade partner willing to absorb that sort of financial commitment when Love is 31 and regarded in some corners as injury-prone.
Love has appeared in 44 games for the Cavs this season. He’s averaging 17.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.0 percent from the free-throw line.
NBA execs don’t expect teams interested in Love to give up a lot to acquire him since they don’t see Love as a game-changer who can put a team over the top at this stage of his career.
The five-time All-Star has always been linked to the Portland Trail Blazers since he played his high school ball in Oregon, but it doesn’t appear the Blazers are going to make a move to get Love since Jusuf Nurkic is going to be back before the season ends and Hassan Whiteside will back him up.
Love, 31, has career averages of 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds.