The Cavs are obviously going to look a lot different at the start of the 2018-19 NBA season, with LeBron James heading to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers. Cleveland is likely going to have some more roster turnover before the start of the year, too.
According to a recent report, the Cavs are currently exploring the possibility of making two major trades. Both Kevin Love and Kyle Korver could be shipped out for assets.
Cleveland.com’s Terry Pluto reports that both Love and Korver could be traded. However, Korver could be traded much, much sooner.
I hear the Cavs are looking to move Korver. He has a contract for $7.5 million this season. In 2019-2020, he also has a $7.5 million deal with $3.4 million guaranteed.
I talked to a well-known NBA executive about what the Cavs will do with their All-Star forward now that LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Unless they get blown away by an offer, I think they’ll open the season with Love,” said the executive.
The Cavs could trade Korver before the season for a young asset for a pick, and then move Love at the trade deadline to a contender. It makes sense for Cleveland to want to have Love on the roster at the start of the season, but if you think he’s leaving in free agency in 2019, not trading him at the deadline would be a mistake.
Regardless, the Cavs roster is clearly going to look a lot different at the start of the 2018-19 season. It’ll probably look even more different by the end of the year.