Kevin Love doesn’t want to leave Cleveland despite trade speculation as the team looks to rebuild this season.
“I do want to be here. I always have,” Love told Cleveland.com. “I say that knowing it’s the NBA and it’s a business. I think especially after seeing last year, the summer leading up to last year and this summer, the changeover is like unprecedented so you don’t know what is going to happen.
“If they decide to go completely young … and that could be the case, but it’s funny, my agent didn’t call me one time this summer to say, ‘Hey, you’re getting traded, there’s talks that this is happening.’ Of course, somehow it’s still out there and people are talking about, ‘Oh, Kevin would be great here or great there.’ I just keep it moving and try to do right by these guys because we have a good group.”
Love, 31, signed a four-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland last year, but was still the subject of multiple trade rumors over the summer because the franchise opted to go with a younger roster.
It was reported by Cleveland.com in the offseason, however, that the Cavaliers don’t want to deal the veteran forward and would have to be “blown away” by an offer to consider moving him.
“Kevin (Love), he’s not going anywhere,” teammate Collin Sexton said in July. “I feel like he’s not going anywhere.”
Love was part of a three-team trade in 2014 as he went from Minnesota to the Cavaliers. He helped Cleveland reach the NBA Finals in his first four seasons with the team and win a championship in 2016, but the Cavaliers struggled last season after losing LeBron James to the Lakers in free agency.
Cleveland went 19-63 last season as Love struggled with injuries that limited him to 22 games. He averaged 17 points and 10.9 rebounds per game while shooting 36.1% from 3-point range last season.
“Once he got back from injury, he was great for us,” Sexton said. “He taught me a whole lot, and I can’t wait to keep learning from him.”