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Report: Kevin Love doesn’t want to play for the Cavaliers

Jun 8, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

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Are the Cleveland Cavaliers still dreaming of signing LeBron James?

Kyrie Irving is a desirable teammate, and this year’s No. 1 pick should produce another quality player. But LeBron will become a free agent in one of the next three offseasons. There might not be time to wait for a young player to develop.

But, hey, Kevin Love is available, and the Cavaliers showed interest in him long before he threatened to leave the Timberwolves. How about a deal based on No. 1 for Love?

Jackie MacMullan of

Cleveland has the No.1 pick and has interest in Love, sources confirm, but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Love is under contract for next season without an option, so if the Cavaliers trade for him, he’d have little recourse. But as soon as next season ends, he could opt out and get the heck out of Cleveland.

By agreeing to opt in for 2015-16 as a condition of trade proposals to teams he likes more, Love could indicate his displeasure for the Cavaliers and avoid – or at least lower his odds of – a year in Cleveland.

It’s not clear whether the Cavaliers would pull a Sacramento and trade for Love anyway. What is clear: They shouldn’t.

Cleveland just traded for a star player heading into free agency and tried to sell him on its organization. It didn’t work.

In Irving and one of the Joel Embiid/Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker trio, the Cavaliers have a solid young core. If one of their other recent high picks – Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson – reaches near-star status, even better. But either way, there’s enough to build on.

They shouldn’t throw that away for a disgruntled Love.

  1. R. Edmond - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Here’s my shocked face.

  2. kb2408 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Does “anyone” want to play for the Cavs?! They’re going to offer Kyrie a max deal and he’s going to let it sit there and walk away as soon as he can. He knows he can get a max deal elsewhere.

    • spursareold - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      No, if they offer him the full max for 5 years, he’s there.

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

      You can poll 350-400 NBA players and I’m pretty sure all of them would have Cleveland ranked anywhere from 27-30 of where they’d want to play.

      • drunkenjunk - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        yup, anybody that has actually visited Cleveland knows there is nothing desirable about it.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    He’ll end up in Chicago, LA, NY, Houston, Golden State or Phoenix. If Aldridge becomes available, I’d prefer the Knicks persue him instead.

    • innovativethinking87 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Aldridge loves portland, he’s already mentioned several times he’d like to resign..

      Besides he has a young prodigy in Lillard with him, portland is set for awhile

  4. gpatrick15 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    … Would you?

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jun 8, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    Love ends up with the Warriors, Bulls or Celtics. Cavs are also interested in: Aldridge, Horford and Noah.

  6. mnjoemama - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Get this Diva a snickers already! The wolves will be better without this cancer. Trade for klay/ Barnes and sign gasol at PF to give Ricky his boy. Playoffs homeboy !

    • muathjam21 - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Lol, the Warriors are not trading for Love if Lee isn’t in the deal, and if Lee is in the deal, the Warriors are not parting with BOTH Thompson AND Barnes as well. Get real, people.

      • thekingdave - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:01 PM

        Lol then the Warriors aren’t getting Love. You’re an absolute fool if you think the Wolves would even consider taking on Lee’s without getting Thompson back in return. They’re far better off maintaining cap flexibility and sending him to a team like the Kings who will risk him walking for future picks. Barnes’ stock is meh at this point.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:19 PM

        Then it’s a no deal. Because it’ll NEVER be Klay/Barnes for Love. Lee NEEDS to be included in the deal.

        A combination of Lee and Klay/Barnes, not a combination of Klay/Barnes without Lee.

  7. pukpokito - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    WHat is up with Sacramento and Cleveland? Stay away from Kevin Love. We know more or less now who he wants to play for.and you can count only a max of about 7 teams he wants to play for.and I am being generous when I say 7.Don’t even ask me who they are all smarter than that.

  8. sumkat - Jun 8, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    Couldn’t we really have this same headline, with any players name in the NBA inserted?

  9. campcouch - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Who spins this stuff? Until SA,OKC,Miami,LAC and Indy mysteriously vanish,the rest of the NBA is playing catch-up…even with Love on their team.

  10. somatg3 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    This is why so many fans despise the NBA. A bunch of egotistical, entitled athletes that do whatever they want, whoever they want and force their way to what ever team they want and they don’t take responsibility for their own part in things. I’m a T-Wolves fan and I hope we trade the whiner. He has great stats but he sure isn’t a great player. He especially shrinks in crunch time when his team needs him most and resembles a pylon on defense. Yet he continually whines and complains. And then this story comes out that Love doesn’t want to play for Clevelend. Guarnateed Love was the one who “leaked” that story. Cant wait until we trade the whiney loser.

    • bkbell3 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:16 PM

      So, uh, how do you

    • AZ Dem - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:42 PM

      So I’m wrong to shop my services to different employers? Am I supposed to be some kind of indentured servant to the first employer that hires me? I’m supposed to be loyal? I can’t look for better situations?

      If all these fans hate the NBA, they’re kind of funny. Cause the NBA continues too make more and more money every year. I’d love to be hated like that.

      • somatg3 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Its wrong to shop your services when you’re still under contract. That never stops these ego maniacs from doing whatever they want though. KG was loyal to the Wolves, he originally didn’t even want to be traded to Boston, he wanted to stick it out and win in Minnesota. The Wolves have screwed up so many high picks, they’ll get what they deserve but they don’t deserve to get constantly dissed by Love because he has done absolutely nothing.., he’s not a leader, doesn’t take responsibility for his role and doesn’t make others around him better. He just hoists up tons of shots and shoots 45% from the field which sucks for a PF.

      • duhwighthoward - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        @somtag, KG wanted to leave for years. Pretty much ever since Kevin McHale doomed the franchise by sliding money under the table to that overrated player whose name I don’t recall. I think it was Joe Smith.

  11. jeffkx - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Hmm..a Boston writer would know this over every other reporter why? I smell something fishy..

  12. zerole00 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    God I’d love it if the Cavaliers traded for him anyway. Watching the Cavs get the #1 pick is a fun adventure down “how they screw it up this time” boulevard.

    • thekingdave - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

      Yeah, it was pretty funny to watch them whiff on some guy named Lebron James. Oh wait…

      • zerole00 - Jun 9, 2014 at 2:06 AM

        How’d that end for them?

  13. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    No LOVE for the cavalier.

  14. bruiserbrigade - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM


  15. AZ Dem - Jun 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Trading for Love without a contract extension is the height of stupidity.

    And, sorry, I actually think Cleveland is a nice place to visit, but there’s no way I’m playing there. The Cavaliers don’t seem to have any plan whatsoever.

    Kyle Irving does not deserve a max contract. Boatload of talent but I don’t see leadership. If you want a max contract, you have to be able to delivery both. But, hey, that’s just me. Guess that’s why I’m not a GM.

  16. censoredpost - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    I hope he plays it out next year and walks to his childhood favorite team, the LA Lakers. I know I do it NBA2k every year. My logic is sound.

  17. sportsfan18 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:13 PM


    Every knowledgeable basketball fan knew the answer to that question before it was asked…

    Love has ALREADY said he wants to win.

    One does not willingly sign up to play in the Factory of Sadness (for any of their pro sports teams) when they want to win.

    I honestly feel sorry for sports fans in Cleveland.

    Mr. Joe Posnanski has written about Cleveland and how bad and sad it is.

    The fans do deserve better.

    No, Love doesn’t want to go there. Yes, Kyrie wants to leave and will eventually…

    • thekingdave - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

      In your case, paragraphs can be man’s best friend.

  18. Great Caesar's Ghost - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    He wants to be a part of the budding dynasty in Milwaukee. Get ready, NBA, the Bucks are two seasons away from ripping off five straight championships.

    • duhwighthoward - Jun 9, 2014 at 9:56 AM

      Right on, man.

  19. onereasonableman - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:23 PM

    Effem. Sincerely – CAVS fan.

  20. twpguy1964 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I miss the days when players weren’t friggin whiners and just played for the team that acquired them. Now it’s all about, “I don’t wanna go there” like a 6 year old

    • lonnie49 - Jun 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      Sort of like the rest of the working universe….you get to work and live where you want to.

  21. tomtravis76 - Jun 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    Players have not forgotten how Gilbert treated LeBron upon his departure.

  22. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Dwightmare 2.0

  23. khmerson562 - Jun 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

    Meant Dawhite male 2.0

  24. southpaw77 - Jun 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    What is up with this diva NBA players, you’re getting millions to play a kids game.

    The Cavs don’t need 2 horrible defenders. Kyrie and Love are awful defenders, let this crybaby go elsewhere until he mans up and looks in the mirror. Maybe because he was hurt 2 years ago the Wolves missed the playoffs and he’s just not a guy that can take over a game, can you throw Love the ball in the last 2 minutes of a game and have him consistently go and get his own shot and win a game? NO Can he lock down his guy on defense the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter? NO

    Is it me or every player who goes to Vegas and plays on those USA teams with whiners like CP3, Melo, and LBJ all end up wanting out of their team for greener pastures?
    It worked for LBJ, Wade and Bosh to team up but how about Melo and Amare? How about Howard and Harden? How about CP3 and Blake? For every one time it works you’ll see 3-4 guys who team up fail and thats great, let them cry, eat up cap space and lose.

    PS- Cleveland is actually pretty nice, every city has its ugly parts if any you go you travel you’ll know this. Winter times in C-Town are a bear but is it tropical in Chicago, NY, or Detroit in January? I THINK NOT.

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