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Kevin Love Trade Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Cavaliers Star

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Mike NorrisFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love has been linked to multiple trades heading into the deadline. The Cavaliers are currently in first place in the Eastern Conference, but as they showed when they fired then-head coach David Blatt before the All-Star break, they are not opposed to making drastic moves as they make a run at a championship.

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Love Reportedly Unlikely to Be Traded at Deadline

Thursday, Feb. 18

Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com (h/t ESPN Cleveland) reported the Cavaliers "are not looking to trade [Love]. ... They aren't trading him for Ryan Anderson."

On Wednesday, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Love is expected to remain with the Cavaliers through the trade deadline.


Love Linked to Celtics on Deadline Day

Thursday, Feb. 18

Fox Sports' Sam Amico reported that the "Celtics have made numerous inquiries on Love, nothing materializing."

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News first reported on Feb. 12 that the Cavaliers and Boston Celtics had discussed a potential three-team trade that would send Love to Boston.

The third team involved in the proposal is the New York Knicks, who are reportedly looking to send Carmelo Anthony to Cleveland, although he would have to waive his no-trade clause for it to happen.

It appears as though Anthony's loyalty to the Knicks could be holding the potential trade up. However, his response regarding playing for a losing team didn't seem to guarantee he'll stay in New York for the long term, per Isola.

“Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team,” he said. “But it's not a conversation for right now.”


Love Reportedly Could Be Involved in Trade Involving Anderson

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Isola reported that a three-team trade involving the Cavaliers and New Orleans Pelicans that would include Love and Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is "still in play."


James Denies Love Trade Rumors

Saturday, Feb. 13

Cavaliers superstar LeBron James called the rumors of a trade that would send Love to Boston "false," per Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com.


Cavaliers Reportedly Looking for Major Return for Love

Friday, Feb. 12

Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe reported, "The Cavs have been shopping [Love] around, but that the asking price is very high."


Love No Stranger to Trade Rumors

Love, who is averaging 15.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, came to Cleveland last year in an offseason trade that sent the team's 2014 No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

While he's averaged a double-double with the Cavaliers, Love has had ups and downs. He suffered a shoulder injury in the first round and missed most of the 2015 playoffs. He has also had a hard time fitting into an offense that features James and Kyrie Irving.

Love came to Cleveland to win a championship, as it was apparent Minnesota was entering rebuilding mode. Boston, which is turning into a contender in the East under third-year head coach Brad Stevens, could be an ideal fit for the 27-year-old three-time All-Star.

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