Kevin Love’s Agent: No Interest In Buyout With Cavs

The Cavaliers and power forward Kevin Love have not spoken about a possible contract buyout and Love is not interested in one, agent Jeff Schwartz told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.Kevin Love

This follows a Hoops Wire report a day earlier in which sources said Love and the Cavs have not a single conversation regarding a buyout.

“There have been no talks with Cleveland on a buyout, nor is there any interest from Kevin in doing a buyout,” Schwartz told Wojnarowski.

Sources told Hoops Wire that the Cavs have indeed attempted to trade Love, but to no avail. Wojnarowski reiterated that in his own report, adding that Love would welcome a trade.

One opposing general manager went as far as to tell Hoops Wire “there is no trade market” for Love.

Kevin Love wishes it had been him and not (Larry Nance Jr.) who got traded to Portland. … Cavs are in a no-win situation with (Love),” one rival GM told Hoops Wire. “They’ve been in quite a few of those lately. J.R. Smith, Andre Drummond, Kevin Porter Jr., and now Love. Am I forgetting anyone? Bad look.”

Love, 32, is still owed $60 million over the next two seasons, and his future with the organization remains cloudy. Buyout discussions could possibly take place, but again, there have been no conversations to that end.

Earlier Friday, Terry Pluto of cited an NBA source as saying the Cavs and Love were progressing toward a buyout, but that nothing was close. Hoops Wire referenced the report.

Love is coming off a season in which he appeared in just 25 games and averaged career-lows of 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. A lingering calf strain is what kept him out of action.

It also impacted him during training camp with Team USA in July, resulting in Love leaving the team ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.

After the Cavs acquired forward Lauri Markkanen in the Nance trade, and with center Jarrett Allen and rookie center/forward Evan Mobley on the roster, Love could be facing a minutes crunch in Cleveland in 2021-22.

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