The general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers David Griffin said on Monday that the organization is not involved in any trade talks around all star power forward Kevin Love, nor do they plan on being open to any of those talks, at least for the remainder of this season.
“You’d have to go a long way to convince me that we’re a better team winning in the Finals without a player like Kevin on our team,” Griffin said during an interview on ESPN 850 AM in Cleveland. “We’ve never once put together an offer involving Kevin, nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin.”
Rumors of trade talks are unsurprising as Kevin Love’s production has fallen off over the last month ever since the return of Kyrie Irving after his injury.
Love is averaging just 15.6 points per game, and his shooting percentage is a poor 42% on the season thus far, the second lowest of his career. Love’s point production hasn’t been this low since the 2009-2010 season.
Since Love became eligiable to be traded on January 15th, there has been some rumors. Considering the less than stellar production and the big contract Love has on him, some have begun to speculate that the wisest move that the Cavs could make would be to try and move Kevin Love to help free up some cap space, and perhaps try and find a player who has been more productive.
Despite the talk, the organization appears to be committed to the power forward, and seems to believe that Love will be a valuable member of the team if they hope to advance to the finals and compete for an NBA championship.
“We think very highly of Kevin, and we believe Kevin thinks very highly of this situation,” Griffin said. “But I can also tell you that we have been very clear from the beginning that there’s no such thing as untouchables.”
Something that may affect Love’s performanc eis the new head coach Tyronn Lue. Lue seems to prefer running a much more uptempo offense than did David Blatt, soit remains to be seen how Love will fit into the new offensive playstyle.
With Kevin Love’s tool set it is hard to let a player like that go with out a pretty big incentive. Kevin Love’s size and rebounding ability down low would be enough to entice some teams, but Love’s range from beyond the arc makes him a unique offensive tool who can help stretch the defense, opening more room to attack inside.
Love isn’t untouchable, but for now, the Cavs are sticking by their big man.