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The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken some calls on Kevin Love, but right now that’s all they are — incoming calls.
As reported earlier this week, the Cavs aren’t looking to move their All-Star power forward, and other teams don’t appear to be sure they even want him. At least not until he gets healthy and opponents can get a gauge on whether he can stay that way.
No matter, the reports and rumors on Love are circulating. They will most definitely continue to do so.
“But league sources doubted that Love’s contract could be moved in-season, given that it would likely take multiple players to make a deal work,” Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported. “Sources said there didn’t seem to be enough demand to think moving Love in-season was likely.
“Typically, NBA teams find more appetite for big-dollar deals in the off-season when they have the roster flexibility to add multiple players or teams into a deal.”
It is not known which teams specifically have called the Cavs. The Los Angeles Lakers have been an aggressive team in looking for a trade and would undoubtedly have interest. The Utah Jazz, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers have also long been Love suitors. And the Miami Heat are always looking for a player of Love’s caliber.
No matter, any conversations on Love are currently exploratory, a mere feeling-out process. But that can lead to something eventually. It might lead to nothing, too.
Love has appeared in just four games this season before needing surgery on his left toe/foot. He signed a four-year contract extension before the season and by league rules cannot be traded until mid-January.
The NBA trade deadline is Feb. 7.