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Report: Cavaliers want to swing Kevin Love trade if LeBron James comes to town

Jul 9, 2014, 6:07 PM EDT

This has been rumored for a while, but it still remains a long shot.

The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t just want LeBron James (who is meeting with Miami’s Pat Riley in Las Vegas on Wednesday), they want to land Kevin Love as well. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports tweeted this:

I’ll say up front I’m skeptical they can pull this off. (That is even if they get LeBron.)

What would a trade look like? There is no chance Minnesota would do it without top pick Andrew Wiggins being in the mix, and while I would do that the Cavaliers are rumored to be hesitant. It’s also going to take some of those future first round picks and some other young players of quality as well — Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson are not going to cut it.

Even that may not be enough — Boston has been trying to use a combination of young players and picks for some time now and had no success. Flip Saunders in Minnesota has wanted younger but more established players, guys such as Taj Gibson or his real target Klay Thompson.

Whether Wiggins could get him to change his mind depends on how highly Saunders had Wiggins rated.

And even then Saunders might try to use this as leverage to get Golden State to throw Thompson in their offer, or to pressure other suitors.

Kevin Love reportedly has told the Cavs he would not re-sign in Cleveland unless LeBron was there. Love will be a free agent next summer.

If you’re the Cavs and you get LeBron, you better swing for the fences to put a team around him — and do it smarter than they did last time around (aging Shaq and other questionable choices).

  1. purple4life2 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Lebron is going to do the opposite of what you think. A two year max with 3rd year option to Cleveland.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      Player option in year 3 that is…

    • bobbybouche305 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      The moral to this story boys and girls is nothing will be said about this decision, Lebron will be praised and like the original post states grab love and swing for the fences….but just 4 years ago it was blashemy,hated, an abortion,but now melo and kobe, bosh ,dwight, harden, bron, gasol and melo in ny is all ok…..doesnt matter that lebron is destroying a franchise, when he left cleveland he actually set them up pretty good, but no sign and trade with Miami ,no wiggins, no picks for the man that made u a champ, a man, gave u legacy….remember 4 years ago u were lechoke, lequit, no rings lebron….now ur a hero, saving a city and franchise pushed to do the same very thing u were banished just 4 years ago for….all is great the king is returning…..we r all witnesses just most are pathetic hypocrites….

  2. rohlo - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    enough with all this stupid media hype and scenarios!! its basically writers playing armchair gm!!!

    • bkbell3 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Agree, I WANT to date supermodels, but so far they’re not returning my

  3. canucks30 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    And boom goes the dynamite

    • casualcommenter - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

      ? Pursuing a trade for Kevin Love is very different than successfully engineering a trade for Kevin Love.

      Just ask the Golden State Warriors, who thought that David Lee, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes, and a first round pick was plenty fair yet were rejected.

      • percybowl - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        Golden State never offered that ya retard.

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:50 PM

        That is plenty fair. Problem is, giving all that up, the Warriors have Love and Steph with Iggy, Bogut and some scrubs. Given Bogut’s health woes, not to mention Steph’s and Love’s, that team may not do as well as some hoped.

        The W’s giving up all their depth to land Love could end poorly for them with Love taking the I-5 south and signing with the Lakers.

      • muathjam21 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Lol, Golden State never made that offer. That’s what Minny wanted, and GS refused – as they should.

      • tcstunner - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        The Warriors never offered that deal. They wouldn’t offer Thompson and a 1st round pick. Why would they offer Thompson, Barnes and a 1st?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:31 PM

        Hmm. I’d rather have Wiggins than Lee, Thompson, Barnes and a pick.

  4. ravenswhat - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    Or they can just hold onto Love and get nothing when he bolts. You think teams aren’t aware of this fact? MN doesn’t have THAT much leverage.

    • lunds007 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      Its not a matter of Leverage whether MN trades him or not…everyone knows he is gone, but the leverage is that every team would LOVE TO HAVE LOVE! That is where they have leverage. They can sit back and let other teams up the ante.

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

        Or they could overplay their hand and end up with nothing, Pretty sure they move him before that, but their leverage isn’t quite what they think it is.

    • purple4life2 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:19 PM

      Uh, not everyone has cap room to sign him outright. You think the Pups aren’t aware of that?

      Teams at the cap can’t just sign him dude.

      • lunds007 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Look at all the teams maneuvering for Anthony or James, they will do the same for Love when the time comes. Trading pieces won’t stop a team after Love.

      • purple4life2 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        So these teams can trade for Love now or wait until next year, and trade pieces to make room for love….the convince him to sign as a FA.

        Seems a $h*%load easier to just own his rights after one trade then several just to clear space and earn the right to ask him.

  5. lunds007 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:15 PM

    That 3 headed monster puts what Miami had to shame….CHAMPIONSHIP!

    • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:55 PM

      Nothing sadder than watching Cleveland’s hope grow. You guys know it’ll end poorly like it always does, right?

  6. zinger92 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    We’ve just seen that this “big 3” concept can only be sustainable for about 4 years, albeit, with a small sample size. Eventually, players regress with time and other teams learn to exploit the voids in their team, case and point: the spurs domination of the heat during the finals. That being said, I wouldn’t put it past Cleveland to do this, that city is starving for a championship. Still have to beat the best of the west though.

    • BrownsTown - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      It fizzles out when you don’t have developing players to take on an increased role as the “Big 3” slow down. The Heat didn’t have any players to grow the way that the Spurs have developed a Leonard.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

        The Spurs weren’t growing much for the longest time though. It’s not like they’ve been winning multiple championships over the last 6 years. Just the one.

        And losing to Miami last year was the key to beating Miami this year.

        Now some team is going to exploit San Antonio.

      • zinger92 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        Getting Love means they’ll have to part with Wiggins for certain, then they won’t have any players to grow, besides Bennett he that counts. If I were cleveland I’d stick with this squad, plus lebron.

  7. 4thquartermagic - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    Kyrie Irving – Talented player with injury concerns (Wade)
    Kevin Love – Underrated player who won’t have a problem being third wheel on winning team (Bosh)
    Lebron – Taking his talents far away from the beach.

    Lebron has created a new “Big 3”.

    Goodbye “Heatles”.
    Hello “The 3 Cavaliers”.

    • andreboy1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

      You can do better than “The 3 Cavaliers”

      • zinger92 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:23 PM

        What about the Cleveland Clinic…get it?

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        The Ohio Players has a nice ring to it.

        Too bad it’ll never happen.

    • storminator16 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Folks down voting didn’t get the reference, bro.

  8. phillyphil005 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    I hope the Wolves keep turning down these offers and Love bolts for nothing.

    They will not get better offers than the offers Boston and Cleveland have out right now.

  9. andreboy1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    Love has been great these last few years leading his team to the playoffs….. oh wait….

    • patfic5 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

      Hardly Love’s fault. Look at that team. In the West.

      • kinggw - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        That doesnt fly. The Wolves had quality players in Pek, Rubio, and Martin. They weren’t great but they could’ve made the playoffs. I guess its not Love’s fault that they were under .500 either.

        The one good thing about Love possibly being traded to a better team is that the media may finally hold him accountable.

      • patfic5 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28 PM

        Imagine if they were in the East. 4-5 seed easy. Kahn built a horrible team. Saunders has his work cut out. Kevin Martin? Cause he put OKC over the top. ..

  10. davidly - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:22 PM

    When did “upfront sceptical sports gossip columnist” become a job description?

    • BrownsTown - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:38 PM

      SOP on this site and in the sports media in general, IMO. “Hey, look at me…I’m stating a strong opinion!” Colin Cowherd, Skip Bayless, et al know the drill.

  11. davidly - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    They’ve been in there for, like, almost a half-an-hour. Jeepers, Woj – tweet us what they’re saying, already!!

    • BrownsTown - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:39 PM

      Anything beyond 45 minutes and he’s staying. Darn!

  12. giantboy99 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Bennett = Bust

  13. saint1997 - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Bring back those sick red and gold uniforms and I’m on board

  14. fordmandalay - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    I wish there was a way for the Lakers to pull off a trade for this kid.

  15. paleihe - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    I’d take Wiggins, Bennett, future 1st and a salary dump for Love.

  16. badgerbuck - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Just heard he’s staying in Miami. End of story.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM

      Others are reporting that a decision has been made and LJ told Riley that he’s going to Cleveland.

  17. vikesdynasty - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:38 PM

    How is wiggins and even Thompson not enough? I’d take that in a friggen heart beat.

  18. phluffyclouds - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Lol so they only want Love if Lebron comes?

    Of Cleveland is pathetic, sorry.

    • anythingbutyanks - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      They don’t want to mortgage the future for a guy who hasn’t proven that he can put a team on his back and carry them to the playoffs. Seems unusually smart for Cleveland, all things considered.

  19. jrs45 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Wait a minute what is this???

  20. officialgame - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    I have found that when teams talk to much, aka Cleveland, nothing happens. It’s always the ones that keep their cards close to the vest that end up with the prized free agents and good trades.

  21. zukny1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Sixers trade for Houstons 1st round pick & get Lin.
    Cavs trade Jack & Wiggins to Minny for Love, Sixers trade both 2015 draft picks + Thad Young to Timberwolves for Wiggins & Jarrett Jack

    Wolves get – 2 draft picks + Thad
    Sixers – get wiggins and tons of crap contract
    Cleveland – get’s their man.

    it’s a pipe dream, but they said it on philly radio, so i’ma hold my breath and hope LOL

    • gnu2308 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:58 PM

      Hahahahaha… why on earth would the Wolves do that? Use your brain.

      • zukny1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:09 AM

        note the last sentence where I clearly laugh at the trade possibility. I was just reporting the pipe dream i heard on the radio.

  22. rogerrodgers - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    He’s crawling back to Cleveland with his tails between his legs…

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