How Cavs’ Love learned of LeBron leaving

Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love always seems to draw plenty of interest around the trade deadline.

When it came to LeBron James and his second defection from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love was just like everyone else.

Appearing on Sports Illustrated’s Fashionable 50 red carpet Thursday, Love paused for a few minutes after arriving to speak with Rohan Nadkarni and Charlotte Wilder.

Of course, the conversation turned from fashion to hoops, specifically, James and him heading to Hollywood.

Love, a five-time All-Star who has averaged 18.3 points, 11.3 rebounds and shot 44 percent from the field and 37 percent from beyond the 3-point line, said he was out with some friends in the Hamptons when he heard the news James was leaving the Cavaliers for a second time, to sign a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“I was in Montauk, I was in the Hamptons. I was sitting next to a couple really good friends and just I looked down at my phone and I said, OH, Bron just signed a $154 million contract with the Lakers.’

“I said, ‘OK, I gotta make a few calls.’ So I stepped out and that was that. I texted him later that night. Told him I loved him. Told him I appreciated him and good luck.”

Love elaborated, talking about what it is like now with the Cavaliers with James and former teammate Kyrie Irving no longer in Cleveland.

“I always thought it was going to be like (that), especially with guys like Richard Jefferson, we had James Jones, we had Channing Frye, guys like that,” he said. “Everybody’s seen The Sandlot? It’s like at the very end where they all start to just poof, like going away.

“And they all start just fading off into the darkness, and then it’s just Hercules the dog and then Benny the Jet.”

Love went on to explain that if he is any of the characters from The Sandlot, it would be Squints, noting that he was the character in the movie that went after Wendy Peffercorn.