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Kevin Love Trade Rumors: Cavaliers PF 'Sees a Scenario' Where He Could Be Dealt

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2018

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love shoots in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Tony Dejak/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love reportedly "sees a scenario" in which he could be traded this season.

According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, however, the Cavs have not discussed trading Love since they want to see what he can do alongside rookie guard Collin Sexton.

Love underwent toe surgery in November, and he noted later in the month that he likely wouldn't be back in action until "sometime after the new year," per ESPN.com.

Cleveland is 13th in the Eastern Conference at 5-18, and while Love is reportedly upset by the franchise's downturn after it reached the NBA Finals in four straight seasons, he has not asked for a trade.

The Cavs signed Love to a four-year, $120.4 million contract extension during the offseason after LeBron James signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 30-year-old Love is a five-time All-Star, and he was off to a strong start this season in four games before his injury, as he averaged 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per contest. 

While Love is a great rebounder and quality shooter capable of spacing the floor, he hasn't appeared in more than 60 games in a season since 2015-16. That—coupled with his hefty contract—could prevent teams from pursuing him if the Cavs go into full rebuild mode.

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Cleveland's decision to trade Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz last week was a possible sign that the team is looking to go younger, but Vardon noted that the organization believes a core of Love, Sexton and a high 2019 draft pick gives it the best opportunity to be competitive quickly.

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