Love not interested in Cavs; Rubio hopes Love stays in Minny

Love not interested in Cavs; Rubio hopes Love stays in Minny
June 9, 2014, 10:00 am
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Are the Cleveland Cavaliers still dreaming of signing LeBron James?

Kyrie Irving is a desirable teammate, and this year’s No. 1 pick should produce another quality player. But LeBron will become a free agent in one of the next three offseasons. There might not be time to wait for a young player to develop.

But, hey, Kevin Love is available, and the Cavaliers showed interest in him long before he threatened to leave the Timberwolves. How about a deal based on No. 1 for Love?

Jackie MacMullan of ESPNBoston.com:

    Cleveland has the No.1 pick and has interest in Love, sources confirm, but the feeling isn’t mutual.

Love is under contract for next season without an option, so if the Cavaliers trade for him, he’d have little recourse. But as soon as next season ends, he could opt out and get the heck out of Cleveland.

By agreeing to opt in for 2015-16 as a condition of trade proposals to teams he likes more, Love could indicate his displeasure for the Cavaliers and avoid – or at least lower his odds of – a year in Cleveland.

It’s not clear whether the Cavaliers would pull a Sacramento and trade for Love anyway. What is clear: They shouldn’t.

Cleveland just traded for a star player heading into free agency and tried to sell him on its organization. It didn’t work.

In Irving and one of the Joel Embiid/Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker trio, the Cavaliers have a solid young core. If one of their other recent high picks – Anthony Bennett, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson – reaches near-star status, even better. But either way, there’s enough to build on.

They shouldn’t throw that away for a disgruntled Love.

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By Brett Pollakoff
ProBasketballTalk

Ricky Rubio was in attendance for day two of adidas Eurocamp on Sunday, and spent some time speaking with the Next Generation group of 15- and 16-year old international players. He was open in discussing Love’s situation and how it may affect the franchise, and of course, would want his teammate to stay. But seeing as he hasn’t yet heard it directly from Love himself, Rubio was speaking mostly in hypotheticals rather than accepting Love’s reported feelings as a foregone conclusion.

“It’s a lot going on,” Rubio told NBCSports.com. “He’s a great player who has been playing for the Timberwolves for six years, and gave everything. And he think he can still give us a lot of things, but it’s something more on the business part that the front office has to do, to try and convince him (to stay) if he wants to leave. Because I really only know that he wants to leave because of the media, but what I saw last year was him giving everything in every game, and that’s all you can you ask of any player.”

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“It’s hard to convince someone who wants to leave,” Rubio said of Love. “But I don’t know if he wants to leave or not; that’s the media. So I want to know his opinion. And it’s something that I don’t know yet, so I don’t know what to say to him. But of course, if I talked to him I’d say that I love to play with him and we can do great things tougher.”