- Tristan Thompson’s Statement After Cavs Loss: ‘Rather Lose Like This Than Any Other F——— Way’
- Report: John Beilein Reached Out to 76ers Coach on How to Deal With Struggling Cavs
- Report: Portland Trail Blazers Could Package Hassan Whiteside, 1st-Round Pick for Kevin Love
- Report: Denver Nuggets Could Package Multiple Players in Trade for Kevin Love
- Report: NBA Execs Believe Kevin Love Deal Unlikely to Net Cavs More Than 1st-Round Pick
- Report: Kevin Love Prefers Trade to Title Contender
- Video: Philadelphia 76ers Announcer Rips Apart Kevin Porter Jr. During Broadcast
- Report: Members of Cavs Organization Call Out Kevin Love’s ‘Lousy Body Language’
- Kevin Love and Jordan Clarkson Send Prayers to Rodney Hood After Devastating Injury
- Report: Cavs to Field Offers for Kevin Love That Include Young Players and Draft Picks
Kevin Love Addresses Constant Trade Speculation, Reiterates Desire to Stay in Cleveland
- Updated: January 7, 2019
One of the constants during Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love’s time with the Cavs has been the presence of trade rumors. Even though he’s now being mentioned in some trade speculation, Love indicated on Monday that he wants to stay with the Cavaliers, while also acknowledging the realities of NBA life.
— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) January 7, 2019
“I’ve wanted to be here, and I’ve said this too, it’s a business,” Love said. “We saw that last year at the deadline. I’ve never seen so many guys traded from a team really ever, and I’ve seen, playing six years in Minnesota and now this will be my fifth year here, I’ve seen a lot of stuff. So I think every trade deadline, every draft, every free agency, always brings something new. It’s always different, so, you know I would love to be here, I would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I’ve had little nagging things that have taken time. I’ve been a little bit unlucky, but I’d like to play ball here.”
The 30-year-old Love has been out since October because of a left toe injury that developed during training camp, which kept him out of the Cavaliers’ preseason contests. He then played in each of the first four games of the regular season, averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. However, his shooting touch was affected by the injury, with the veteran hitting on just 32.3 percent of his shots from the field and just 29.2 percent of his 3-point attempts.
Love underwent surgery on his injured toe on Nov. 2, with a subsequent time frame for his return indicating that he’d be back in January. One recent report hinted that he might return during the Cavaliers’ upcoming six-game road trip, but no official word has been offered.