According to his agent, Kevin Love and the Cavs have had “no talks” about a buyout and that Love doesn’t have interest in one.
“There have been no talks with Cleveland on a buyout, nor is there any interest from Kevin in doing a buyout,” Schwartz told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Per Wojnarowski, the Cavs have also been “periodically” looking around the league for a Love trade, but haven’t found one they’d like to do. Wojnarowski also reports that Love “supports” find a trade.
To read the tea leaves here, this would seem to mean that Love doesn’t want to give up any of the $60.2 million he’s owed over the last two years of his deal. His comments about wanting to play with Damian Lillard in Portland and his general attitude the last few seasons indicate that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland.
The Cavs also have committed a significant about of capital in their frontcourt in signing Jarrett Allen to a five-year, $100 million deal, drafting Evan Mobley third overall and acquired Lauri Markkanen in a sign-and-trade. They, in theory, represent the present and future of the Cavs’ frontcourt. Love, at 32, doesn’t really fit and feels out of step with where the Cavs are at. Except for the contract.
A buyout would require him giving up some salary. (For comparison, Blake Griffin gave back 18% of his remaining salary to leave the Pistons and then sign with the Nets.) Love, though, does not have to do that — the Cavs gave him this deal and are obligated to pay him it regardless of what he says or how he plays. He and his camp should be playing hard ball.
This would also seem to indicate that a buyout isn’t close to happening if at all. A trade doesn’t really make sense for the Cavs — there’s no way they’ll get decent value back and it could mean taking on salary that extends beyond the two years Love has left on his contract. So, for now at least, it looks like Love will be on Cleveland’s roster when training camp opens next month.