Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is once again the subject of trade rumors with the NBA's trade deadline set for Thursday, but LeBron James isn't buying the notion his teammate will be on the move.
When asked about a new rumor that suggests Love could land with the Boston Celtics, King James shot it down Saturday, according to Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
LeBron James was asked about the Kevin Love rumor to Boston. "It's false."2016-2-13 17:07:42
The rumor was first reported by Frank Isola of the New York Daily News, who laid out a potential deal that would send Love to Boston, New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony to the Cavs and a package of players and picks back to New York, including Cleveland center Timofey Mozgov.
Since he was dealt from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cavs in 2014 in exchange for guard Andrew Wiggins, Love hasn't been the same player.
The three-time All Star went from putting up 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the T'Wolves in 2013-14 to 15.7 points and 10.3 boards per contest in 51 games for Cleveland this season.
Despite not fitting in particularly well last season, Love signed a five-year, $113 million contract with the Cavs in the offseason, per Spotrac.com.
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Despite plenty of turmoil, including a coaching change from David Blatt to Tyronn Lue, Cleveland entered the All-Star break atop the Eastern Conference standings at 38-14 with a three-game lead over the Toronto Raptors.
Acquiring a player of Love's ilk would be huge for a Celtics team that has surprised many by ascending to third place in the East.
And a blockbuster deal at the deadline would be essentially unprecedented for a team that is heavily favored to reach the NBA Finals, but if Cavs general manager David Griffin doesn't believe he has a team capable of beating the powerhouse Golden State Warriors or San Antonio Spurs, a shakeup may be necessary.
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