NBA teams can begin making trades on December 15, and one name that may come up frequently is Kevin Love.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to listen to trade offers for Love, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday.
“I’m told that Cleveland is ready now to listen to offers on Kevin Love as we get to that December 15 date and then the February trade deadline,” Woj reported.
Love still has a lot to offer a contending team. Especially a darkhorse contender. Love is putting up good numbers this season (16.7 ppg, 10.7 RPG on 44.6/37.6/88.1 shooting splits) and if he is made available, contenders will come calling.
Two teams that could absolutely use Love’s services are the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets. The Nets would make a ton of sense.
Without an injured Kevin Durant, Brooklyn isn’t expected to compete for a title this season, but acquiring Love would raise their ceiling and put them on the same tier as everyone behind the Milwaukee Bucks in the East. Plus, with Kyrie Irving in the fold and Durant set to return next season, having the modern version of the 2015-16 title-winning Cavaliers, with Durant playing the role of LeBron James, could appeal to the Nets.
Love’s post game, one that will be able to flourish again on a team with more threats to score besides just him, will garner the Nets simple buckets when needed, while his floor-spacing would fit well next to a rim-diver like Jarrett Allen.
Either way, expect the Cavs to have plenty of options available and expect Love to be traded sooner rather than later.