Prior to the start of last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave Kevin Love a four-year, $120M contract-extension, potentially keeping him with the Cavaliers through the 2022-23 season. However, given how well some of the Cavs young talents have played this season and all of the talent that they have in their frontcourt, Love could be a veteran player that finds himself a part of numerous NBA trade rumors in the offseason.
The other night also offered another reason for the Cavaliers to potentially look for ways to move Kevin Love in the offseason. He once again was in the headlines around the league for his on-court outburst and not for being a quality contributor for his team.
Against the Toronto Raptors, Love’s frustrations were visibly apparent and when the referee gave Love the ball on an inbounds play, he punched the ball away, causing a turnover that led to a wide open three-pointer for the Raptors.
Kevin Love has since apologized for this incident and recently stated that he loves Cleveland and playing for the Cavaliers, but it is really worth it long-term for the Cavs to hold onto Love? Finding a trade partner for Love in the offseason could be tough given his age and contract size, but the option to potentially buy him out of his contract is still on the table.
While he may want to remain with the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future, who knows what the Cavs have planned in terms of the former All-Star’s future with the organization. With that said, let’s take a look at three reasons why it is past time for the Cavaliers to move on from Kevin Love.