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Cavaliers GM David Griffin Comments on Kevin Love Trade Talks, LeBron James

Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) and Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) shake hands in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Alec NathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 19, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the few teams to make a splash in advance of Thursday's NBA trade deadline, but the acquisition of sharpshooting forward Channing Frye paled in comparison to a rumored move involving starting power forward Kevin Love. 

On Friday, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin appeared on the Chris Mannix Show and addressed those rumors, among other things with his team in the Eastern Conference's driver's seat. 

According to the show's official Twitter account, Griffin said he fielded "a lot of calls," but "didn't have one meaningful conversation" with other teams about Love. 

Griffin was also asked if he's ever received a trade call revolving around superstar LeBron James—and the answer was priceless. 

"One," Griffin said, per the show's official Twitter account. "First thought was, I'd like to be able to drive home tonight."  

Based on the way Cleveland has performed of late, it's no surprise Griffin opted to keep the Cavaliers' title-caliber core intact.

The defending Eastern Conference champions have won four straight games dating back to Feb. 6, and a 106-95 romp of the Chicago Bulls Thursday night saw Love post 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Love has now recorded at least 15 points and 15 boards in seven games this season—tied for the third-most among all players behind Detroit's Andre Drummond and Houston's Dwight Howard 

With the trade deadline over and Cleveland's sights set on the Eastern Conference's top seed, Griffin's club appears to be clicking at the right time.

James appeared reinvigorated Thursday night during the Cavs' shellacking of the Bulls, and Love was a menace on the glass who knocked down open shots and moved well without the ball. 

There's still room for improvement, and the Cavaliers will certainly adjust in the weeks ahead as they seek to integrate Frye as a member of the team's second unit, but the arrow is pointing up with the regular season's home stretch bearing down. 

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