Nets Seemingly Keeping Cavs’ Kevin Love On Radar

Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love reportedly would love to join the star-studded Nets, and that interest very well could be mutual.Kevin Love

Per Brian Lewis of the New York Post, Love may be the right fit for the Nets’ next season, a veteran big man who can stretch the defense, grabbing a few rebounds along the way.

The issue, of course, would be landing him. Love, 32, still has two years and $60 million left on his contract. Brooklyn likely doesn’t have the workable pieces to acquire him in a trade. So the Nets would either need a third team (and maybe a fourth), or to just try to wait out a contract buyout.

“If Love is bought out, he figures to be a prime target of the Nets, who scooped up Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge the same way this past season,” Lewis wrote.

Griffin is an unrestricted free agent and Aldridge has since retired. So the Nets are monitoring several similar veterans to help their Big Three of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. Love fits the bill.

As a related aside, Love is currently rooming with Durant at the U.S. men’s basketball training camp ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. Erik Slater of The Nets Report wrote that Love has the Nets atop his list of preferred destinations.

Love is coming off another injury-plagued year, appearing in just 25 games and averaging career-lows in points (12.2) and rebounds (7.4).

Sources told Hoops Wire last week that the Cavs intend to try to trade Love this summer, and that he too would like to find a new place to play. That said, no trade request has been made by Love and sources contacted by Hoops Wire don’t believe one is forthcoming.

“I understand going into my 14th season that being that No. 1 guy, playing 35 minutes, getting 20 touches a game is probably in my rearview,” Love said from Team USA practice. “But how I can affect the team, and feeling how I’m feeling now, I know that I can do it at a very high level. I don’t try to put a ceiling or limit on myself at all. So long as I’m feeling good, I know I’m going to play good.

“If it’s asked for me to have to pivot in my career for a team to win, I’m more than willing to do that. … But I do feel like on that [Cavaliers] team, or whichever team I end up on, USA Team, this is definitely something that I can continue to progress in the right way for really anybody.”

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