The Cleveland Cavaliers have rejected the deal with the New York Knicks that will send them Carmelo Anthony in exchange for Kevin Love. The latest buzz reveals that the Cavaliers aren’t actively shopping for Love. But, they could deal him only in the “right situation.”
Since the offseason, Kevin Love has become the subject of various trade rumors, mainly because of his inconsistent performances over the last two seasons in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won their first NBA championship title last season. Unfortunately, that did not stop the rumors from circulating around Love. After the Warriors acquired Kevin Durant, the Cavaliers were expected to make a blockbuster deal centered around Love.
Recently, the Knicks have reportedly offered Carmelo Anthony to the Cavaliers. Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract which means that he can veto any trade orchestrated by the Knicks. However, if the Knicks want to rebuild, Anthony would waive his no-trade clause but only for three teams, which includes Cleveland.
The Cavaliers, especially LeBron James, wants Anthony since it would allow them to create their own “Big 4” to match the Warriors’ Super Team. James plans to team up with his close pals in the future so most people see Anthony heading to Cleveland before the February deadline. However, the Knicks wanted Kevin Love in return, resulting in the Cavaliers rejecting the trade. Love has been playing his best season as a Cavalier so far, averaging 19.9 points and 11.1 rebounds.
Kevin Love wants to stay but Cavs willing to deal him to make the team better
After turning down the Knicks’ offer, it’s somewhat proved that the Cavaliers have no plan to break their Big Three. Love has also expressed his intention to stay in Cleveland. “I expect to be here for a long time,” Love revealed.
However, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com stated that the Cavaliers are willing to trade Kevin Love if it would make the team better. He also noted that the only player off limit in any trade scenario is LeBron James.
“So a deal for Love would have to make the Cavs better. Who they could acquire for Love and his huge contract that would actually improve the team is a small group. In fact, the Cavs would be more likely to seek multiple, gifted role players in return for Love who could play behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, instead of alongside them,” Vardon wrote.
So far, a deal isn’t expected to happen before Feb. 23 deadline. The Cavaliers recently held a free-agent workout to improve their roster. However, if a team makes an interesting trade offer, the Cavaliers are expected to make a move.
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