The Cleveland Cavaliers have been trying to figure out why they can’t get anything going in a Kevin Love trade and there are a few different factors at hand.
The first and foremost factor is that the Cavaliers are playing chicken with themselves and are refusing to inert certain assets like Andrew Wiggins and others into a trade that would land them the best young power forward in basketball. But the other hang up may not so much be their fault as the inclusion of a third team in the trade seems to be a missing link in getting a deal done.
Sean Deveney of The Sporting News is under the impression that this is the case, as an NBA executive told him that without a third team in the trade, the chances of Kevin Love getting traded almost anywhere are pretty low.
“When a deal like this takes a long time, there are going to be more ants circling the picnic,” one front-office source told Sporting News. “This is not likely to be a one-to-one trade.”
When the Lakers and Magic pulled off the Dwight Howard trade in the summer of 2012, there wound up being four teams involved, with the Sixers and Nuggets adding players.
A third or even a fourth team don’t have to be actively involved in the trade talks, they can just be there to help balance things out. The Dwight Howard trade saw Andrew Bynum and Andre Iguodala trade teams and that could be the case here with assets like Dion Waiters and Kevin Martin who help balance the trade but aren’t necessarily desired by any one specific team.
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