Much has been made of how Kevin Love fits on the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading some to speculate about Love possibly being traded by the Cavs. Last week, a report even indicated that the Cavs almost traded Love to the Phoenix Suns last season.
According to Cavs general manager David Griffin, however, Love isn't on the trade block and never has been.
"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 with ESPN 850 in Cleveland. "We've never once put together an offer involving Kevin, nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin."
The idea of trading Love revolves around the idea that he doesn't help the Cavs defensively in hypothetical match-ups against the Warriors and Spurs. If the Cavs could find a deal that nets them a few players that allow them to match-up better tin those match-ups, the argument goes, then maybe the Cavs should trade Love.
Love, however, is still really good and the Cavs have done really well with him. His production has dipped since coming to Cleveland, but that was always going to happen when he joined forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. Plus, Love hasn't ever really been put in the spots he succeeded in with the Wolves and under new coach Tyronn Lue, the Cavs seem to want to give him more opportunities to operate on the elbow and in the post.