In Cavs rumors, one anonymous GM connected some dots and believes Kevin Love was the one bashing new coach John Beilein earlier in the season.
Remember when an anonymous Cleveland Cavaliers player ripped John Beilein, stating the team was drowning out his voice and knocking his college “Rah-Rah” attitude?
It was a brutal report for Beilein, especially considering he had the team playing an exciting brand of basketball in the first month of the season. The tide turned though, as we were all reminded the Cavs are a bad team…and it didn’t take long for that an anonymous player to take some shots.
“Isn’t he the only one who has not refuted (the report) or backed Beilein?” the GM asked Amico. “Pretty sure everyone else who matters has.”
This just throws heat onto the Love trade rumors, especially after his the four-time All-Stars latest dust up with general manager Koby Altman. A visibility frustrated Love then took some frustration out on the court when in a clearly agitated state, he received a pass from Collin Sexton and then chucked it to Cedi Osman.
Back in December, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the market for Love was a protected first-round pick. It takes two teams to tango, though, and there may be a big gap between how the Cavs and other teams feel about dealing Love.
He’s in the first year of a $120 million contract he signed during the summer of 2018 and considering his age (31) and injury history, teams that like Love, are necessarily jumping at the chance to take on a bunch of money, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, via SI.com.
Meanwhile, the Cavs feel like they’re trading an All-Star and want to be compensated for doing so.
This marks another tough test for Altman, who has to turn Love into something that can help crawl their way out of NBA bottom feeders. Ideally, the big man will remind everyone why he was once a coveted stretch-4.
Love’s averaging 16.4 points and 10.3 boards per game, so the numbers are there. As the trade deadline draws closer and teams starting ramping up for the playoffs, perhaps the Cavs will finally get what they want.
It’ll be disappointing to see Love go, but he clearly doesn’t want to be here. Plus, when/if the Cavs are good again, his current contract would likely be over. It doesn’t help that he’s over 30, so with every passing year, his value probably goes down.