Kevin Love is one of the NBA's star players that might be on a new team before the start of the 2018-19 season. The Cavs are likely going to be a lottery team in the post-LeBron James future. There's not much of a reason to hold onto Love if that's the case.
Cleveland's GM, though, is saying that he plans on keeping Love.
"Kevin is an All-Star and you don't get better by moving Kevin," Altman said. "Kevin's been incredible for us for four years and he wants to be here, and to me that's a big part for guys that are here and the guys that we're gonna acquire, is that they want to be here and be a part of this new chapter and culture that we're creating."
We'll see if the Cavs are saying similar things a month or two from now. It still seems likely that Love will be moved at some point.
ESPN's Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman recently mentioned two teams that would be good fits for Love on the trade market.
Those two teams: the Philadelphia 76ers and the Houston Rockets.
Both Houston and Philadelphia are good fits for Love. Money-wise, the Sixers are in much better position to make a trade. The Rockets have no cap space and the contract they'd likely have to trade in a move for Love is that of Ryan Anderson's, which is one of the worst in the league.
The Cavs could decide to hold onto Love for the first couple of months in 2018-19 and then ship him out at the trade deadline to a contender. Both Houston and Philadelphia fit that mold, too.