Cavaliers Trading Kevin Love To Mavericks Or Blazers?
Are the Cavaliers trading Kevin Love to the Mavericks or Blazers?
Love, 31, is in the midst of a reasonably good campaign with Cleveland this year.
On the season he is averaging 17 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Those totals are slightly better than the numbers he put up last year, but not significantly so.
Love’s production has been fairly solid over the last few seasons of his career, so that is never really in question.
What has been in question is his durability.
So far Love has played in 14 of Cleveland’s 17 games. Last year he only played in 22 games all season long. Since 2016, he has not played more than 60 games in a year.
All that being said, when Love is on the court, he is a good player – which makes it all the clearer that he belongs on a championship contending squad.
The Cavaliers are 5-12 and clearly in rebuild mode. As such, it would make sense for them to trade Love somewhere where he would fit better with a team’s goals.
Two such options: Dallas and Portland.
The 11-5 Mavericks have been one of the league’s best early season stories. Behind Luka Doncic’s transformation into an MVP contender, they look like a legitimate heavy-hitter on the come-up.
If not Dallas, the Blazers could also make a move for Love’s services. Unlike the Mavericks, they are one of the league’s worst stories so far this year. They are 6-12 through 18 games and don’t look anything like the title contender some hoped they would ultimately become.
The Blazers became interested in Love when they lost Zach Collins to a left shoulder injury that required surgery, The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
Obviously Portland just brought in Carmelo Anthony recently, but that is unlikely to be the move that returns them to where they were last year.
Love could provide them with some support up front in the form of a big man who can pass well, score efficiently and rebound down low.
While it is obviously no guarantee that Love will get moved before the deadline, all signs point to his time in Cleveland coming to an end sooner rather than later.