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Cavs want to keep Kevin Love even if LeBron James leaves

The Sports Post logo The Sports Post 6/21/2018 Shaun Ranft, The Sports Post
a group of young men playing a game of basketball: Cleveland is fine with retaining Love's services, even if it loses James'. © Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland is fine with retaining Love's services, even if it loses James'.

For the majority of his tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love has been the subject of trade rumors. This offseason is going to be different, however. And it has nothing to do with whether or not LeBron James stays. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the plan is to keep Love around. In fact, they’re not even shopping him this time.

“The Cavaliers are not actively shopping All-Star forward Kevin Love heading into Thursday’s NBA draft…”

That said, the Cavaliers have a problem. If LeBron stays, this team as is isn’t good enough to win another NBA championship. If LeBron leaves, the Cavs need to blow it all up. Or at the very least, reload. Surely there would be some suitors. But if the plan is to keep him, they might need to think of a quick plan to build around Love before it’s too late.

During his four seasons in Cleveland, Love is averaging 17.1 points per game on 43.3 percent shooting (37.7 percent from long range). He’s also averaging 10 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. However, injuries are starting to take their toll. They limited him to just 59 games last season, in fact.

He’s no longer the player he was in Minnesota, but that comes with playing with other good-to-great players. When he played in Minnesota, nobody else did. So while his production has dipped since coming to Cleveland, there’s a reason for that. Love is still very valuable, he just might not be too valuable to this franchise. But it looks like he’s sticking around regardless. Things can change quickly, though.

We’ll see what happens tomorrow on draft night.

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