Nov 16, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) looks on in the second half against the Boston Celtics at Target Center. The Timberwolves won 106-88. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Kevin Love doesn't want to play for Cleveland Cavaliers


The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of several teams interested in acquiring the services of All-Star power forward Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves. While they certainly have the assets to entice Minnesota in a potential trade, the disgruntled star may not be overly welcoming if he headed to their neck of the woods.

Jackie MacMullen of ESPNBoston.com reports that while the Cavaliers have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft to help get the wheels in motion, Love has zero interest in playing for Cleveland should a trade come to fruition.

As Dan Feldman of NBC Sports makes note of in his latest column, Love is under contract to Minnesota next season with no option. If the Cavaliers acquired him, he could easily walk at the end of the year and leave the franchise with no compensation.

The team traded for Luol Deng during the regular season and it looks like he won’t be in a Cavs uniform in 2014-15. Does management really want to go down that road again with Love?

What Love can do is opt in to his deal under the condition that he gets traded to a team he wants to play for. That way, buyers won’t be nearly as hesitant to make a move because they won’t have the worry of Love walking when his deal expires.

Love averaged a double-double of 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds in 2013-14. Pairing him with the likes of Kyrie Irving in Cleveland could make the Cavaliers a legitimate threat in the Eastern Conference, but unless his attitude on the team changes, we’ll probably never see that happen.

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  • Mike

    This comes as good news as I certainly would not trade the first overall pick for a guy who has never won anything! We know all about love and his attitude, but we don’t know what the top three prospects have to offer yet. It has to be more promising in his career.

  • sanity1

    Total BS article, from a previous Boston article (of course the author thinks Love should join the Celtics) that says Love has no interest in coming to Cleveland….no sources, no quotes….just a “cause I say so”. Well, I know that Boston is wasting it’s time, for Love has zero interest in Boston. That’s what MY sources tell me….wink,wink.

    • Brandon J Williams

      You make it seem as if people want to play in Cleveland. News flash, nobody does. How many GM’s & head coaches have they had in the past 5 years? The owner publicly bad mouthed a former player (classless) for leaving in free agency. No player wants to play there.

      • wildrover4

        I think first and foremost, players want to win and compete in the playoffs. I think that when it comes to stars, this is the most important factor. Most of these guys have already had a big pay day. My concern with the Cavs is that if you trade this year’s No. 1 pick for Love, then how much winning are you going to do?

  • The Joker

    The cavaliers need draft Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker, they’ll make the team better

  • SierraM363

    Cleveland will probably lose all their star players via FA. I don’t blame Love.