Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman said Kevin Love‘s selection to the U.S. men’s basketball team will be good for both Love and the Cavs.
“This is unbelievable news for us an organization that Kevin Love got selected to the Olympic team,” Altman said on NBA Sirius XM Radio.
Love’s selection was a surprise to some, as he is coming off career-low averages in points (12.2) and rebounds (7.4), missing a large chunk of the season with a strained calf. But it did not appear to surprise Altman.
“To give you just the context, Kevin’s come up through USA Basketball,” Altman said. “He’s not anywhere near Carmelo Anthony (in that sense), but he’s spent his career playing for USA Basketball. This is the second time he’s playing on a Olympic team and trying to win a gold medal.”
Love, 32, will join the likes of Nets forward Kevin Durant, Celtics wing Jayson Tatum, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard and a host of others in playing for the U.S. at the Tokyo Olympics. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will coach the squad.
“For us, selfishly, Kevin needs to have a big summer, where he’s playing five-on-five basketball, playing meaningful games, getting his legs underneath him” Altman said. “So for us, it’s a great thing.”
The Cavs finished 22-50 this past season, and own the No. 3 overall pick in the draft. There has been talk they may look to trade Love, but the two years and $60 million on his contract make that seem unlikely.
“He’s excited to play with that group of guys, and yeah, he needs a bounce-back year for us,” Altman said. “That’s for sure. But I think this will certainly set him up for that.”
Training camp for the U.S. men’s basketball team is scheduled to begin the first week of July in Las Vegas. The Tokyo Olympics start July 23, with Team USA to tip off two days later. You can view updated U.S. roster here.