In the wake of Lebron James leaving the Cavaliers, the organization is obviously looking to start over and begin the rebuild of the franchise.
Jason Lloyd of the Athletic re-iterated on Thursday during a Cavaliers roundtable on 92.3 The Fan in Cleveland along with Dave McMenamin of ESPN and Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com and the Plain Dealer that the team is shopping All-Star forward Kevin Love.
Love has at least one year remaining on his five year deal he signed with the Cavaliers back in 2015. He has a player option for the 2019-20 season.
McMenamin stated during that roundtable that Love is expecting to be traded as the team is entering a rebuild although reports have suggested that they’ll try to compete for a playoff spot next season.
The 29-year-old power forward averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game in 59 games this past season for Cleveland. He missed 21 games during the season after fracturing his left hand in late January.
During the postseason, Love averaged 14.9 points and 10.2 rebounds in 21 games, missing most of Game 6 & Game 7 against Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals after suffering a concussion early in Game 6.
Former NBA writer Chris Sheridan mentioned the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trailblazers as two potential destinations for Love.
He’s not the only player on the Cavaliers roster being shopped by the organization.
Amico Hoops reported on Thursday that the team has made guards George Hill and Kyle Korver available.
Hill was acquired by the team from Sacramento at the trade deadline in February. In 24 games, he averaged 9.4 points and 2.8 assists for the Cavaliers. In the postseason he averaged 9.7 points but shot poorly from the three-point line at just 25.8% and struggled in the NBA Finals against Warriors guard Stephen Curry.
The veteran guard is due $19 million for next season and is only guaranteed $1 million for the 2019-20 season which makes his contract essentially an expiring contract. Amico Hoops also reported that if a trade can’t be made, a buyout is also an option for the Cavaliers.
Korver has two years left on his contract making $7.5 million per year on the deal although his second year isn’t fully guaranteed. The 37-year-old guard had a tough season dealing with the death of his brother but still averaged 9.2 points and shot nearly 44% from three-point distance.
Amico Hoops reported that the team is hoping to land multiple draft picks for the sharpshooter who could help a contender off the bench at this stage in his career.
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