Report: Cavaliers want another star, not role players/draft picks, in Kevin Love trade

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LeBron James declared the Kevin Love trade rumors to be “false.”

The Cavaliers probably won’t trade Love. They might even know enough about the current market to know they won’t find a suitable Love deal by the trade deadline.

But that doesn’t mean they made him untouchable.

Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

League sources say that the Cavs have made it clear to interested teams — starting, of course, with the Love-hungry Boston Celtics — that they’d covet a star in return if or when they do reach the point of letting Love go … and not a package of draft picks and role players like the Celtics are offering.

Of course, the Cavaliers don’t place as much value into draft picks. They’re trying to win a championship this season.

But it seemed a strong collection of lesser players – say Jae Crowder, Kelly Olynyk and David Lee – could strengthen Cleveland.

If the Cavs are set on getting a star if they trade Love, that seems unlikely. Which team would trade a player better than Love for Love? His five-year contract provides stability, but that also helps Cleveland.

Perhaps, a three-way trade – where Boston sends commensurate value in young players and picks to a team ready to unload a star – would work. That’s why the Carmelo Anthony rumors made some sense, but Carmelo Anthony has significant incentive to use his no-trade clause to block any deals this season.

When I read this report, I just see more reason to believe Cleveland isn’t trading Love this week.