Heat Like Kevin Love, But Likely Only Enough To Land Collin Sexton

The Heat would be open to a trade for Kevin Love, but it would probably also have to include guard Collin Sexton, according to Ethan Skolnick of Five Reasons SportsCollin Sexton

“(Love is) not the coveted asset,” Skolnick noted. “Sexton is.”

Love’s name has been on the rumor mill since the end of the season, and sources told Hoops Wire last week that the Cavs are beginning to contemplate trades centered on the veteran power forward.

Multiple outlets have reported the Heat as being among the teams that would have an interest in Love if he agreed to a contract buyout with the Cavs. He has two years and about $60 million remaining on his deal.

While the Heat like Love, odds are against a buyout, Skolnick wrote.

Meanwhile, a report from Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo last month said the Cavs are expected to explore trades involving Sexton.

While Sexton led the Cavs in scoring, he is due for a rookie-scale extension — and the Cavs very well could select another guard with the No. 3 overall pick. That would give them a shooting guard who, unlike Sexton, would be on a rookie deal for a few more years.

Along with the Heat’s interest, the Knicks are believed to be highly interested in Sexton.

As for Love, the Warriors are extremely interested and may put on a “full-court press” to land him before the end of July, per Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Love, 32, appeared in just 25 games last season as the result of a recurring calf injury. League sources say he would welcome a trade out of Cleveland.

The 76ers, Clippers, Pelicans and Trail Blazers are also reportedly interested in Love, but most of those teams seemingly would only pursue him via the buyout market.

Also, Love reportedly has the Nets at the top of his list of preferred destinations, per Erik Slater of The Nets Report.

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