Kevin Love’s departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers has been a hot topic in the NBA since the team’s previous trip to the NBA Finals in 2018. His high salary and injury history have been a stumbling block for him, and he has been with the Cavs for a long time.
However, things could change immediately, as latest NBA reports claim he is once again on the trade block. Several teams have expressed interest in signing the 2016 NBA Champion, who is seen as a valuable addition to a competitive squad.
The Cleveland Cavaliers will try to move Kevin Love in a trade this summer, per @AmicoHoops— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) July 1, 2021
“Per sources, potential Love suitors include the Pelicans, 76ers, Heat, Clippers and Trail Blazers.” pic.twitter.com/B4ufXf0L82
According to Erick Slater of The Nets Report, Kevin Love has a preferred destination in mind in the form of the Brooklyn Nets if he agrees to a buyout agreement with the Cavs. Here’s what Slater said regarding the situation:
“According to a source close to Kevin Love’s camp, Love and Kevin Durant will be rooming together during Olympic training camp in Las Vegas. He also added that the Nets are at the top of Love’s list in the event he agrees to a buyout with Cleveland.”
Love will be representing the USA Basketball team at the Tokyo Olympics in a few weeks. His addition to the national team has certainly seen his market increase, despite the concerns surrounding his injury history and dip in production.
Source tells me Kevin Love and Kevin Durant will be rooming together during Olympic training camp in Las Vegas.
Also adds that the Nets are at the top of Love’s list in the event he is bought out.
— Erik Slater (@erikslaterNR) July 3, 2021
With multiple veteran stars like Derrick Rose and Blake Griffin producing overwhelming performances after being written off, teams could be intrigued by the idea of acquiring Kevin Love. He has played for a team that hasn’t been a playoff contender for the last three years, which could be a reason behind his sub-par performances.
NBA Rumors: Will Kevin Love be a good fit for the Brooklyn Nets?
Kevin Love’s numbers have certainly seen a dip, adding to the fact that he only played 25 games last season after a recurring calf injury kept him out for long stretches. He averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game (career-lows since his rookie year).
Nonetheless, Love, 32, is still a high-IQ basketball player and effective shooter who could benefit a title-contending team. He is likely to come off the bench for the Brooklyn Nets, giving them the much-needed front-court depth and scoring punch they lacked in the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
Kevin Love’s rebounding ability and three-point shooting will also come in handy for the Brooklyn Nets, something they desperately need from the role players in their squad. His 6’8 frame will also be a bonus to have on both ends of the floor.
His experience of playing in the postseason and winning a title should also be of great help to the star-studded Nets team. The likes of Blake Griffin and Jeff Green are going to be free agents this summer, and if they do leave, Kevin Love would be an ideal target for the Brooklyn Nets if he reaches a buyout agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers.