With LeBron’s future undecided, Kevin Love hopes to remain in Cleveland

All-Star forward knows more trade rumors are coming this summer

Daryl Ruiter
June 07, 2018 - 8:22 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers center Kevin Love (0) speaks to the media after game three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – With the offseason now a loss away, Kevin Love knows what comes next.

Trade rumors.

Since the Cavs acquired Love in the summer of 2014 from Minnesota, his name has been linked in more trade rumors than can be calculated accurately, but he hopes the result will remain the same and he stays a Cav.  

“I'd hope so. I've always said that. I always wanted to be here. Always wanted to win here,” Love said Thursday, a day after Cleveland fell into an 0-3 hole to the Warriors in the NBA Finals. “But as you know, it's probably going to come up. It always does. It's also good to be wanted. But at the same time, it's going to be interesting to see what happens. We just don't know.”

Regardless of what LeBron James does this offseason, Love could be moved.

Love, who has struggled at times in these playoffs against physical teams like Indiana, Boston and now Golden State, has tallied 8 double-doubles in the playoffs but appears to be a better third option next to James rather than a second.

With 2 years and over $50 million left on the $113.2 million extension he signed in 2015, Love is the best player the Cavs have to offer in any trade. He could be moved to add star power should James stay, or he could be dealt to facilitate a complete rebuild if James leaves next month.

Regardless, Love insists his attitude won’t change and he’s not going to invest energy into worrying about it.

“There's been so much overhaul and so many things that have happened this year, particularly with our team, that you just don't know when July comes and free agency hits,” Love said. “There could be something interesting that comes up for this team. Knowing that it's a business, I know that's cliché to say, Take it in stride. But that's just what I've had to do. Keep my mouth shut and go about my business and work and be ready and be prepared for this team next year.”

The Warriors are about to beat Love and the Cavs for the third time in 4 years, and consecutively the last 2 since the addition of Kevin Durant after Cleveland rallied back from down 3-1 in the 2016 Finals. 

James appears dead set on making it his mission to take the Warriors down and the only question is, where he'll try to form the next super team to do it?  

"I think if you have a chance to win in this league, you have to go for it," Love said. "I can remember when I had missed the playoffs six straight years. I kind of decided that I wanted to win and ended up being in a bunch of trade scenarios and ended up here and winning in 2016. Teamed up with LeBron and Kyrie and all those guys that won on the 2016 team. Now you see (Daryl) Morey talking about it with the Rockets and them trying to team up and do what they can to become -- what did he say the other day? That he's a 10 of 10 on obsessed with beating the Warriors? That Rockets team -- like they always say, they're built to try to beat them, and they went to seven games in the Western Conference Finals.

"I think you'll see a lot of that around the league. That's always going to be the talk because, I mean, somebody has to try to dethrone these guys and work their way to that."

It won't be the Cavs, at least not this year, and with the team already maxed out cap-wise next year regardless of James' decision, the chaos and volitility that surrounds them will continue this offseason.