Golden State Warriors
Golden State Gets: F Kevin Love
Cleveland Gets: G D’Angelo Russell, F Glenn Robinson III, 2021 or later unprotected first-round draft pick
Kevin Love in Golden State? Blaspheme, also because this deal sucks. D’Angelo Russell isn’t the guy everyone thinks he is, and he offers no long-term value for the Cavs. The only value he’d have is in a three-team deal or flipped in the offseason for more picks. Robinson is here only to make the money work. Love, however, would be a great fit in Golden State and would really benefit from a healthy Steph Curry’s return to the lineup.
Trade Grade: D+
Los Angeles Clippers
LA Gets: F Kevin Love, G Kevin Porter Jr.
Cleveland Gets: SF Maurice Harkless, C Ivica Zubac, G Jerome Robinson, G Landry Shamet, F Patrick Patterson
This trade theory just made me very very excited. Yes, no draft picks, but Ivica Zubac, Jerome Robinson and Landry Shamet? That’s a great haul in return. Even if it’s just Zubac and Shamet that pan out. Patterson and Harkless get waved to make room, and the Clippers get back a potential future starter in Kevin Porter Jr, as well Kevin Love. Imagine that lineup? Patrick Beverly, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Kevin Love, and a center picked up from the waiver wire? That’s dominant.
Trade Grade: A-
Los Angeles Lakers
LA Gets: F Kevin Love
Cleveland Gets: SG Danny Green, SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, PG Alex Caruso, two first-round draft picks.
Getting Kyle Kuzma back in this deal would be fantastic but I feel like that’s a bit too much in one deal. It’s either Kuzma or the two first rounder’s and frankly, I don’t see the Lakers giving up Kuzma another stretch four. Anthony Davis has shown to be able to play with other big men, so the move would allow Love to settle in nicely with the Lakers.
Trade Grade: C-
Phoenix Gets: F Kevin Love
Cleveland Gets: F Mikel Bridges, SG Tyler Johnson, unprotected first-round draft pick.
For some reason, this trade destination is popular for people to assume Kevin Love will land. They have some young assets but nothing to write home about other than potential. The first-round pick is the key to the trade. Kevin Love would waste away in Phoenix, however, as they’re no closer to competing this year or next, as they were five years ago.
Sacramento Gets: F Kevin Love
Cleveland Gets: SG/SF Bogdan Bogdanovic, SG Kent Bazemore, one unprotected first-round draft pick
Getting and re-signing Bogdan Bogdanovic alone might make this trade worth it, tack on a first-rounder while you’re at it? That’s a pretty solid haul for Kevin Love. Would Sacramento make the move? They’re only five games out of 8th and maybe Love could be the final piece to the puzzle for their turnaround.
Trade Grade: B-