Kevin Love wants to be traded to a contender if the Cleveland Cavaliers finally decide to move on from him, and his hometown team is reportedly at the top of his wish list.
Love has his sights set on playing for the Portland Trail Blazers, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reports. Love was born in Santa Monica, but he grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., which located just minutes from the heart of Portland. He played at Lake Oswego High School and led the team to the state championship game in 2005.
The Blazers may not be considered a contender at 9-15, but Love could potentially make them one. Portland has been impacted by several injuries, including those two big men Jusuf Nurkic and Zach Collins. Nurkic broke his leg last March and is expected to return later this season, and he and Love could complement each other nicely with Love’s ability to stretch the floor and knock down shots from outside.
Several other teams have already expressed interest in the former all-star forward. For his 12-year career, Love boasts averages of 18.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
While Love’s age, injury history, and hefty contract are all concerning, the significant drop in available stars on the trade market and in 2020 free agency should boost his value. Especially among teams that lack cap space or aren’t considered free-agent destinations, a trade for Love may be the best option to add significant talent.