Kevin Love may have played his last game for the Cleveland Cavaliers heading into the summer.
With the Cleveland Cavaliers potentially reshuffling the deck this offseason, their All-Star forward Kevin Love could be on the trading block once again.
Since arriving in Northeast Ohio in 2014, Love has been tied to trade rumors about as much as Brook Lopez was during his prime with the Brooklyn Nets. Love has been on and off the trading block throughout the second LeBron James era in Cleveland and beyond. Should the soon-to-be 33-year-old Olympian be on the way out of Cleveland, here are three teams he could really go to.
Look for one of these three teams to potentially pull the trigger and trade for Love this offseason.
Cleveland Cavaliers: 3 teams who could be interested in trading for Kevin Love
The Miami Heat would provide the winning culture Love could be looking for
After reaching the NBA Finals a year ago, the Miami Heat bowed out of the first round by way of a sweep to the Milwaukee Bucks. Whatever worked for them in the Orlando bubble did not work out at all for them this summer. Miami has stars it can build around in Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler. So maybe the Heat will look to add one more in a deal for Love with the Cavaliers this offseason?
Love will get to play with Adebayo in Tokyo this summer on the United States Men’s National Team. While it might be a tad clunky, Love’s ability to play inside and out could give the Heat a well-rounded and versatile front-court to go out and win a ton of games in the Eastern Conference. By trading for Love the Heat should once again be a top-six team in the East.
The only problem with adding Love is how much does he improve the Heat’s ceiling. Will adding him make Miami better or on-par with the Atlanta Hawks in the Southeast Division? What would Miami have to give up to land a player like Love? If they were to trade for him, players like Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson would be gone, as well as future draft compensation down the line.
Miami might be interested in adding Love, but doing so does not change the divisional dynamics.