Kevin Love played terribly in the 2016 NBA Finals with the exception of Game 7, wherein he played great to give the city of Cleveland its first sports championship since 1964. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that the Cavaliers are still open to trading Love to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart and a first round pick.
The 27-year-old had a good second season in Cleveland but his fit in the Cavaliers’ offense showed in the NBA Finals. The team also has some difficult decisions to make but trading Love would create valuable cap space to use this offseason.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN recently appeared on Zach Lowe’s podcast and he mentioned that the Celtics are the perfect trade partner for the Cavaliers in trading Love. He added that the Cavs are interested fond of Avery Bradley.
“The Celtics is the trade that has made sense for six months. I happen to know the Cavs really like Avery Bradley and to me, I would want Marcus Smart and I would want one of the draft picks. You’re not getting the high pick obviously, but you want one a draft pick,” Windhorst said.
According to RealGM, the Cavaliers are expected to receive calls about Love and general manager David Griffin will listen to all offers. Griffin thinks that the Cavs are still not a good matchup against the Golden State Warriors and he will make sure that won’t happen again.
“This team did not fit particularly well for playing Golden State, and that’s my fault. But against the East, we were historically good. Now that we’ve experienced this, I’m very confident this group has its best basketball in front of it. They know what they have now,” Griffin said.
Besides LeBron James, the Cavs will also have to decide if they will re-sign players such as J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova and Timofey Mozgov. Trading Love will surely be talked about for the next several days as the 2016 NBA Draft looms.
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