NBA and possible trades are anticipated weeks before February’s trade deadline. Rumors are doing rounds that Cleveland Cavaliers are going to trade star power forward Kevin Love with the team looking for a blockbuster deal.
However, Larry Brown Sports now confirms that Cavaliers’ general manager, David Griffin in an interview on ESPN 850 AM in Cleveland refutes the rumors.
“You’d have to go a long way to convince me that we’re a better team winning in the Finals without a player like Kevin on our team. We’ve never once put together an offer involving Kevin nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin,” Griffin said.
Ever since Kyrie Irving has returned to action this year, the Cavaliers have struggled with chemistry especially involving their “Big Three” of LeBron James , Love and Irving.
Speculations have been going around that Kevin might be on the trading block as James and Irving are seen as the primary offensive options in the team. Love’s suitability is also in question if the Cavaliers are better off with another type of big man in their starting five.
Griffin revealed in the interview that both Love and the team share mutual respect and admiration for each other.
“We think very highly of Kevin and we believe Kevin thinks very highly of this situation,” Griffin added.
Refuting any talks of being “untouchables” in their team, Griffin further said that they “have been very clear from the beginning that there’s no such thing as untouchables. You’re either all the way in or all the way out in this process and we believe our guys are all the way in.”
However, Griffin with his statement did open the door for another speculation that with the right amount of offer Love might be traded if a team wants him very badly.
News about Love’s trading got into the team’s dressing room too as Cavs players reportedly thought that Love had been traded when there was big news surrounding the team. The news though turned out to be the firing of David Blatt.
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