The Cleveland Cavaliers had reportedly attempted to trade Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings in hope of snagging All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins at trade deadline, according to Fox Sports Ohio NBA writer Sam Amico.
The Cavaliers, looking to solidify its status as legit title contender, could have created the loudest buzz on the trade deadline, should the Kings agreed to send Cousins (27.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg) in exchange for Love (16.1 ppg, 10.4 rpg) and Timofey Mozgov (6.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg), per Amico report.
“According to a podcast from Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, the Cleveland Cavaliers offered a package of Russian center Timofey Mozgov and star forward Kevin Love to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a DeMarcus Cousins, considered by many as the best big man in basketball today (H/t Yibada Sports).”
Amico also disclosed on his podcast about the Rockets’ attempt to trade center Dwight Howard to the Cavs in exchange for Love straight up. Unfortunately this proposed trade didn’t materialize because of the Cavs’ concern about Howard’s impending free-agency along with the big man’s diminishing game.
Despite not pulling off the Cousins trade, the Cavaliers still emerged as one of the winners at trade deadline after they snatched veteran power forward Channing Frye (5.1 ppg, 39% 3-point shooting), who will bring in more versatility at the power forward spot.
By absorbing Frye, the Cavaliers had to part ways with its longest tenured player, Anderson Verajao (2.2 ppg on 42% FG), who was immediately signed by the Golden State Warriors on a veteran minimum contract after the Portland trail Blazers waived him.