Kevin Love was not on the trade block and preferred to finish his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James just one week ago.
James’ decision to bolt Cleveland and join the Los Angeles Lakers is opening all options for the Cavaliers.
According to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Love is squarely on the trade block in Cleveland and one of the targeted destinations is Los Angeles, where he would reunite with James.
Love played one season at UCLA and trains in the area in the offseason.
The Cavaliers intended to keep Love as a building block regardless of James’ decision, but are interested in gauging the market now that the Lakers secured James with a four-year deal.
NBA insider Chris Sheridan reported the Portland Trail Blazers would also be a trade target of the Cavaliers.
Love has two seasons remaining on his deal with the Cavaliers and is owed around $49.7 million. The second year is a player option.
Retaining Love, who turns in 30 in September, would leave the franchise with at least a short-term standout to reload around. Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds in 59 regular-season games last season.
The five-time All-Star has helped the Cavaliers reach four straight NBA Finals. Cleveland lost three of them to the Golden State Warriors.
Love has career averages of 18.3 points and 11.3 rebounds over 10 seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavaliers. He twice averaged 26 or more points during his six seasons in Minnesota.
It would appear Love would embrace joining James in L.A.
Love told WKYC TV in Cleveland that he would love to play the rest of his career alongside James.
He also is well aware of the rumors involving himself and reiterated that he wants to remain in Cleveland.
“Anything is possible,” Love said of the trade speculation. “People have been saying that for the past four years. I knew that question would come, but I like to be here. I’ve always said that. Always wanted to win here.”
–Field Level Media