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Kevin Love doesn’t think Cleveland trade rumors are “outlandish at all”

Jun 12, 2014, 8:45 AM EDT

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Kevin Love reportedly does not want to play in Cleveland. While you should take all comments on trades in the Summer of Love with some salt, it has been the buzz from team officials around the league for a couple years that he wants to go to a major market where he can win.

But that is very different from saying Cleveland could and would not trade for Love.

In a Q&A with Love (tied to him pimping Call of Duty) website The Big Lead asked him about what it is like to see his name in constant rumors, such as the one about him and Cleveland.

I try not to read it. A lot of it is brought to my attention through outside sources, sometimes twitter. But like most people, I need to be conscious of my image and try to roll with the punches. I know that’s a generic answer. I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.

The Cavs trade rumors may not be outlandish, but that doesn’t make them likely. Unless you think Love trusts Dan Gilbert to build a winner.

To parse his words, he did not say he would re-sign in Cleveland or that he would even opt in for the final year of his contract were he traded there. All he said is that Cleveland has “a great young foundation” and may be able to structure a trade for him.

Minnesota could not care less whether Love re-signs wherever they trade him this summer. He wouldn’t be their problem anymore. What Minnesota cares about is getting the best trade package back in return they can find for Love. Cleveland does have interesting pieces (and Anthony Bennett) that could interest the Timberwolves, including the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Whether they would be willing to move that is another question.

Bottom line is any team that isn’t getting behind-the-scenes assurances from Love’s people that he will re-sign there needs to be careful about how much they give up to get him. Houston, for example, reportedly feels “outgunned” in the bidding process because they already like their core.

  1. loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    i just cant see him playing in another small market team. but , i dont know what fuels the guy…money, endorsement deals, fame, rings? I hope the Lakers make a big push (Laker fan here!) but the cupboard is bare except for the pick…which i want them to use…so its a pipedream otherwise.

    …about Cleveland…hey, take the gamble (but somehow retain their #1 pick)…they need it to climb back into relevancy. say…Bennett, Waiters, future pick? idk…is that enough?

    • jeffkx - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM

      I’d say at the moment Tristan has more value than Bennett..I’d offer Tristan, Dion, our 2015 1st and the 2015 Miami pick we have. Not sure that’s even close to enough though.

      • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        i guess it depends on other team’s offers…What you suggested is pretty good.

      • muathjam21 - Jun 12, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        Lol, no way is Cleveland getting Love AND keeping their ’14 first rounder. Not gonna happen.

  2. felser - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:06 AM


  3. gbart22 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    What good is being a fan of the NBA if all the stars just inevitably push their way to a few big market teams? It’s boring when you’re able to predict the regular season and then the playoffs and be accurate 90% of the time with who wins what and gets to the finals.

    • loungefly74 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:23 AM

      i completely agree. Sports is about rooting for your home team and wishing them the best chance of success. You develop a loyalty to that team…otherwise, you become a bandwagon fan…jumping from team to team or in extreme cases…player to player. that said, in a perfect world…Love would stay in Minny…hope ownership brings in pieces around him…and if not, take the best offer…and hopefully, Love sticks around.

  4. gbart22 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    So point being I hope he does end up in Cleveland and they are able to go on a run

  5. canucks30 - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Miami Heat

    PG: LeBron James
    SG: Dwyane Wade
    SF: Carmelo Anthony
    PF: Kevin Love
    C: Chris Bosh

    • Nadeem - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      This is the most likely scenario. Miami will trade Norris Cole and Mario Chambers along with a future PG pick for Kevin Love. Minny will be thrilled with its haul of PGs once again

      • fmlizard - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:50 AM

        Lol well played. Both the dudes you named were traded to Miami for absolutely nothing on draft nights. Why not give up everything to get them back? Total Wolves move!

    • patfic5 - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Maybe in 2k….with trade override “off”….. Maybe.

  6. fmlizard - Jun 12, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    If Kahn had even listened to the consensus from rubes on message boards or mock drafts, he would have 3 more years of KLove on a 5 year deal, Steph Curry at SG, Ricky Rubio, and very likely a deep playoff run or title in their pocket if the D shortfall didn’t destroy them.

    What might have been….

    • heat256 - Jun 12, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Kahn would probably trade Curry for Greg Oden or Ray Felton and throw in cash in excitement to complete the deal.

  7. joeyashwi - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    The NBA is unwatchable for all but fans of a very few teams. Teams like the Wolves can’t compete. No free agents want to live in Minny during the winter and the team is stuck in one of the worst losing cultures in all of the major pro sports. All the top players will just keep crying their way to Miami or other top teams anyway so trading for top draft picks is a moot point. They will only stay on your team long enough to get some experience and then bolt for greener pastures.

  8. aboogy123456 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    I don’t think Cleveland can win the bid unless they include the number 1 pick, and there’s no way I would trade the number one pick in this draft for Kevin Love, so I just don’t see how this could work. Boston, Chicago, or Golden State.

    • jeffkx - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      A package of Diom, Tristan and 2 or 3 #1s wouldn’t be enough?

      • aboogy123456 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        I think it’s a good offer, but I just think the other teams have more to offer. What about David Lee, Klay Thompson, and Harrison Barnes? I know GSW would prefer to keep Klay, but they’ll probably do that deal in the end. Boston has 9 first rounders the next 5 years, one being the 6th pick in this draft. Chicago has two top 20 picks this draft, mirotic, and butler. I just think when push comes to shove, these teams have more to offer than Cleveland.

    • jeffkx - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      A package of Dion, Tristan and 2 or 3 #1s wouldn’t be enough?

  9. luvmnsports2012 - Jun 12, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    KLove is the true definition of a straight up PUNK! Wish he would leave MINNESOTA, not Minny, already! PEACE scumbag!!!

    • titansbro - Jun 12, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      if not liking losing & freezing is the definition of a punk then i’m one too i guess

  10. luvmnsports2012 - Jun 12, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Yes you are!

  11. clesportsfan - Jun 12, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Cleveland would Love him….hahaha, did you see what I did there?!? I put his last name in the comment, that’s funny (snort)

  12. mackcarrington - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    To put an end to this whole “Big market, small market” thing, the NBA should avoid putting teams in small markets. Period. End of discussion. The idea is to have parity. A level playing field for all. Eliminate the Minnesotas and the Clevelands and the Nashvilles and the Orlandos and the Oklahoma Citiesand the Sacramentos. Put NBA teams only in cities where players want to play and live.

  13. sportfan2 - Jun 12, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    San Antonio Spurs

  14. iangas33 - Jun 12, 2014 at 7:07 PM

    This hypothetical trade is over a yr away…
    In other “news” who will you be voting for in the 2016 elections?!?!?!?!?

    • tcstunner - Jun 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      Love will be traded before the draft most likely. That’s less than 2 weeks away.

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