Kevin Love throws heat into Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors

The Cleveland Cavaliers are trending toward the lottery, while it’s rumored Kevin Love is seeking a move in his never ending trade rumors.

As far as Cleveland Cavaliers trade rumors go, the franchise has been “open to trading” Kevin Love for the past five seasons.

But now, there’s a no rumor out there, which indicates that its Love who is searching for a trade.

The Athletic’s Shams Charania wrote the latest Love rumor, which has the four-time All-Star desiring a trade to a contending team (subscription).

“Cavaliers forward Kevin Love prefers a move to a contending team, league sources tell The Athletic. Cleveland has been open to engaging in discussions with teams, as ESPN reported on Friday. Love has three years and $90 million remaining on his contract after this season.”

1. It just goes to show that big-time contracts are still enough to keep name free-agents, even in Cleveland. While LeBron never wanted to commit long-term to his hometown team, Kevin Love jumped at the opportunity. If the rumors are true, Love must’ve figured he’d sign the extension and worry about his exit plan later.

2. The fact that he wants a trade doesn’t come as a surprise. Love’s getting up there in age for an NBA player. As a member of the Cavs, he might never sniff the playoffs again if he rides this contract out.

3. Will Love’s contract facilitate a trade, or make it more difficult? When healthy, he’s still can be a great player, but with that said, there are nights he disappears from the offense. This is just the first year of the extension, so whoever gets Love has him for three more seasons.

4. It will be interesting to hear which names pop up in trade rumors because teams are always thinking about free agency, and particulary, the 2021 class. Adding Love means adding money to the cap.

5. What would you like to see the Cavaliers get in return? The obvious answer is “a first-round pick.” Wish the Cavs’ could flip him into a young exciting player, but a contending team isn’t going to give that kind of asset away.

6. Cleveland has three first-round picks on this year’s team, in addition to last year’s No. 8 overall selection Collin Sexton.