2020 NBA Draft: Could a Kevin Love trade be in the works?
Jan 9, 2020; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) reacts during the third quarter against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

A potential blockbuster trade involving Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love is reportedly unlikely to happen, according to The New York Time’s Marc Stein.

While the Los Angeles Clippers kicked the tires on a trade for Love, Cavaliers entered Tuesday without any talks coming to fruition regarding Love, per Stein.

The 31-year-old remains a talented player that multiple contenders would love to add, but he is owed $91.5 million over the next three seasons. He is averaging 17.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season and the front office is trying to accommodate his desires for a trade.

However, there are significant issues that will likely prevent a trade out of Cleveland. Love’s contract and history of injuries make him more of a burden for the team acquiring him, which reduces what the Cavaliers could receive in a trade.

As a result, the Cavaliers will likely have to wait until the offseason before a trade for the All-Star forward becomes realistic. Even in that scenario, the team would likely need to be willing to absorb a financial hit by eating a portion of Love’s contract.

Love certainly has the talent to take a playoff contender to the next level, but it appears increasingly likely that he will remain with the Cavaliers this season. For contenders, that means exploring many of the other options available before Thursday’s deadline.

Matt Johnson
NFL, MLB & college football writer for Sportsnaut. Graduated from San Diego State University with BA in Journalism, 2019. Grew up in Sacramento, now based in Indianapolis. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection, With the First Pick