Regardless of what move LeBron James makes in free agency, the Cavs will not try to deal Kevin Love.
The news was first reported by Joe Vardon of cleveland.com.
According to the report, the reasoning for this is that the Cavs would rather try and make the playoffs next season than rebuild from scratch if James decides to walk.
Love had an All-Star season last year, averaging 17.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. He is owed about $50 million dollars over the next two seasons, and has a player option in his contract for 2019-20.
Of course, the risk in all of this is Love walking after next season if James in fact does leave and the Cavs getting nothing for him in return. But it goes without saying that if James walks, the Cavs would immediately have a clear first option on offense— something they didn’t have the benefit of in the 2010-11 season.
Along with Love, the Cavs are also interested in keeping Jeff Green, who signed a one-year veteran’s minimum deal last summer. Green averaged 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.