Kevin Love has no trade value, but with the Cleveland Cavaliers tanking just fine, and Love under contract, there’s no hurry to make a deal.
Big, big, big news from The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor: Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love‘s trade value isn’t very high. Yep, being sarcastic.
For a player who can’t get on the floor because of a toe injury and an all-around rep as being injury, this is hardly, shocking news.
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O’Connor wrote other NBA teams just aren’t all that interested in making the Cavs a strong offer for Love until he gets back on the court and puts up statistics that are commensurate with his contract.
Fortunately, Cavaliers aren’t necessarily in a hurry to trade Love. They just signed him a four-year extension. With the team heading to the lottery this year, and probably next, Love can take some time to get healthy, return to the floor and post great stats for a bad team, just like he did with the Timberwolves.
Then teams will come calling and the Cavs will be able to make an acquisition that helps them crawl back into NBA relevancy.
When Love is cleared to play, though, he’s got to show some grit. Basketball writer Sam Amico cited sources who claim the biggest question surrounding Love is toughness.
Teams may want to see Love stay healthy for an extended period of time. This latest injury marks the third time in the last three seasons Love’s missed an extended period of time.
On the bright side, if he does come back and perform, there would be no shortage of suitors. He’s a big guy who can stretch the floor and rebound. Plus, it’s important to remember that his contract actually becomes favorable toward the back end.
• Something worth thinking about when Love returns: What if the Cavs start winning more than they’re losing?
Currently, Cleveland has seven wins, which is tied for the second lowest total in the NBA (Bulls and Suns). Atlanta owns the worst record (6).
With Love back in the fold, might the Cavs go from a bottom three team to a bottom six or seven team?
Entering the milestone Christmas date, this season’s become all about tanking so that the team can either land Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett.
It will be worth watching how the Cavs manage things with Love back in the fold. He played in four games to start this season, and Cleveland lost all four. Something to think about.