Kevin Love is the last All-Star player standing in Cleveland. The Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics last summer and earlier this month, they lost LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.
Many expect Love to be on his way out at some point in the near future, too. Cleveland isn't likely to be a playoff team in 2018-19, so it would make sense to ship Love out for some young players and a draft pick or two.
Is that actually going to happen, though? Maybe not.
Love has reportedly made it clear to the Cavs' general manager that he wants to stay put.
"From all I’ve been hearing from Koby (Altman), he wants to stay, he wants to be there," Lue said during an interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio. "So we’re happy to have Kevin. Every year he takes all the criticism. For me, he’s been great. He’s been 20 and 10 every year. Being a third guy, to get 20 and 10 that’s remarkable. He’s carried a franchise before in Minnesota and now he’s gonna have the same opportunity here in Cleveland. So I’m excited for Kevin, I think he’s excited, and we’ll go from there."
Love has earned the right to be traded to a contender if that's what he wants, though.
"Me and Koby Altman talked about it,” Lue added "He’s a big part of what we’re gonna do going forward. We gotta see if he wants to be here for us to rebuild, and to help the young guys out and mature the young guys. We’ve just got to see how he feels and what he wants to do. I think he’s earned that respect from us, from myself, from our organization, that if he wants to be in a better position then we gotta get him there. And he’s earned that right."
It's easy to see how respected Love is within the organization based on those quotes. He'll be even more respected if he decides to stay in Cleveland and help the Cavs rebuild moving forward.