In the last year, the Cavaliers have shipped off Kyrie Irving, Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Iman Shumpert, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose, just to name a few.
Yet the one cog who has lived on the trade block for his four-year tenure is somehow still around. And, maybe for the first time, appearing safe.
It looks like Kevin Love won’t join that game of musical chairs, as the Cavaliers are not actively shopping their power forward, according to ESPN, ahead of Thursday’s draft. The report states that the team wants to keep Love regardless of LeBron James’ decision to stay or leave Cleveland.
Love’s meshing with James has been a constant storyline since the two made their way to Cleveland in 2014. He was supposed to be shipped off for Paul George last summer in a trade that fell through. This offseason, he’s been rumored to be packaged with the Cavs’ No. 8 pick for a star to lure James to stay — which the Cavaliers are trying to extinguish.
The team’s reignited, uh, love for the five-time All-Star comes on the back of its worst season with James and Love.
The Cavaliers won the fewest number of regular-season games (50) this season in that stretch, and also failed to win an NBA Finals game for the first time since James came back. But amid a disappointing team effort, Love shined.
The former Timberwolves big man shot the highest percentage from the field of his Cavs stay (46 percent) and averaged 17.6 points per contest. Love, 29, has two years and nearly $50 million left on his contract.
And now, it seems the Cavs finally want him to stick around.
“Anything is possible,” Love said of his future after the Finals. “People have been saying that for the past four years. I knew that question would come. But I like to be here. I’ve always said that. Always wanted to win here.”