The Cleveland Cavaliers are going nowhere fast this season. They currently sit at 13-37, tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
Looking to build around Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, Cleveland could very well make a couple blockbuster deals ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, this now includes Cavaliers players believing that both Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson will be moved here soon.
Of the two, Thompson would likely be easier to trade and get real assets in return. He’s in the final season of a five-year, $82 million deal the big man signed with Cleveland back in 2015. Thompson, 28, is averaging 11.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on the season. At least one Eastern Conference contender has shown interest.
As it relates to Love, he’s due $91-plus million in the three seasons following the 2019-20 campaign. Cleveland had in the past reportedly told Love to help the team trade him.
Despite his expensive contract, Love is still averaging 17.4 points and 9.8 rebounds. Contending teams will show interest if the Cavs take back a bad contract or two.