The Cleveland Cavaliers are headed for yet another season in the bunker.
As they attempt to develop and test their young studs, the team will be in no shape to compete for a playoff spot. It will mark the third straight season they will spend as one of the worst Eastern teams.
Strangely enough, despite the above being their current reality, the Cavs have held onto 31-year-old Kevin Love without so much as hinting they are putting him on the trade block.
Team GM Koby Altman explained why this is the case in a chat with Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“No. Not at all,” Altman said quickly when asked if there’s interest on their side in dealing Love.
“For a guy that is a five-time All-Star, loves it here, wants to help us grow, I don’t know how you replace a player that caliber. He’s been great and meaningful to our guys. We are a much better team with him on the floor. The city has embraced him, he’s embraced the city and so it would be really, really tough to move on from him.”
There is little doubt that Love has become a staple for the franchise and the city. After landing with the Cavsin 2014, he helped lead them to a title and is now helping lead them through a rebuild.
While he may not fit the timetable of his team, Love has proven to be very valuable in more ways than one. As a leader on and off the court, he is averaging 18.9 points per game, 14 rebounds, and 4 assists on 49% shooting.
Unless the Cavs receive an overwhelming offer for him, don’t expect Love to be going anywhere this season.