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Now that LeBron James is officially gone, the focus in Cleveland turns to Kevin Love and his future with the Cavs.
For weeks leading up to James’ decision, the Cavs insisted they would keep Love if James were to leave in free agency. But according to a report from Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, the Cavs are open to moving Love now that James did in fact leave for the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN reporter Dave McMenamin suggested on Thursday during an appearance on 92.3 The Fan that Love expects to be traded by the Cavs, who are in rebuild mode now.
The Athletic’s Jason Lloyd, also a guest on the podcast, said if the Cavs don’t trade Love, there is a zero percent chance he stays in Cleveland once he’s a free agent.
Love signed a five-year, $113.2 million extension with the Cavs in 2015. He has two years left on his deal.
The five-time All-Star averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds during the regular season, shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three. In 21 postseason games, Love posted 14.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, hitting 39.2 percent of his shots overall and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc.
The Cavs could potentially keep Love to start the season and feature him as the primary option on offense so he can inflate his numbers and increase his trade value leading up to the February trade deadline.