Kevin Love says he'll be happy in Cleveland if the Cavaliers don't trade him before deadline

Love is under contract through the 2022-2023 season

James Rapien
January 23, 2020 - 10:58 pm

CLEVELAND, OH — There has been plenty of talk about Kevin Love’s future with the Cavaliers.

Despite frustrations with the direction of the organization, the five-time All-Star says he would be happy if he were on the Cavaliers’ roster past the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

“I’ll be happy if I’m still here,” Love said. “I fully plan on continuing to help these guys, continuing to help — Tristan (Thompson), myself, Larry (Nance Jr.) these guys, being a leader with all the veterans. And this place, Cleveland, the fans, they’ve been really, really good to me. So, yes.”

Love, 31, is averaging 17.4 points, 10 rebounds and 2.9 assists this season. He scored 21 points in a 124-112 loss to the Wizards on Thursday night. The Cavaliers have lost six straight games.

“I think we start taking steps forward and then we just a take a step back here and there,” Love said. “We have to start trending in the right direction again because we felt like we were playing good basketball, even in a couple of the losses we had and these are uncharacteristic — losing by double-digits to these two teams. Nothing against them, we just feel like similar records and these are teams we can compete with, especially on our home floor. We should have a chance to really win.”

Love isn’t the only player the Cavaliers will potentially trade before the deadline. Tristan Thompson, John Henson, Brandon Knight, Ante Zizic and Matthew Dellavedova are all expected to hit free agency this offseason.

General manager Koby Altman will likely move some of the veteran players on the roster for future assets.

Love could be harder to move because he isn’t an expiring contract. He’s signed through the 2022-2023 season and will make over $90 million over the next three seasons.

Love is still a very good player, but there won’t be many teams excited about making that type of commitment for the injury prone star. He’s changed his tune in recent weeks. Love was a distraction a few weeks ago and his on-court demeanor was a problem. He’s reeled it in, which obviously makes it easier on Altman and the Cavs as they continue to explore their options prior to the deadline.