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Kevin Love deserves a medal for the relentless uncertainty he has endured over the last four years of his career with LeBron James at the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Annual trips to the NBA Finals are not enough rewards for their problems. Neither is its 2016 title. One would not know that it is an All-Star on five occasions that it is at the best moment according to the frequency with which it has been seen or treated as dispensable.
The Cavaliers tried to move him last summer as part of a three "The team trades with Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers that would have taken Paul George to Cleveland, according to Ramona Shelburne, Dave McMenamin and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com. Now that James is preparing for another free agency tour after he rejects his player option, Love's future is again at stake.
"They start again. They make Kevin Love available, "Windhorst said in The Hoop Collective podcast in reference to what the Cavaliers will do if James leaves (h / t RealGM )." I bet they would look for a first-round pick in that exchange. It's in the last year of an agreement, so they do not want to take money. "
Even if the Cavaliers re-sign James, it does not guarantee that they will not look to change the direction of Love. Apart from the No. 8 pick in the This year's draft is your best exchange badet, your name will end up talking about the rumor mill independently, either as an agency for the change around James or as part of a fire sale.
These proposed bids plan for the last scenario For our purposes, James has already run away from Cleveland for the second time, and the Cavaliers are looking for a reset, their specific returns will adapt to that change in direction, emphasizing the combination of selections, prospects and relief of the salary cap
Each package will be constructed as if the Cavaliers were pulling the trigger after the start of free agency Some permutations of these agreements can be advanced in advance if Jame It forces an opt-in-and-trade. But unless he joins the Golden State Warriors or the Houston Rockets, the Cavs probably do not know he's leaving before the NBA books restart.
For the mechanics to be more palatable, each offer that includes a first round of 2018 will be presented as if it is completed at least 30 days after the player signs his rookie-scale contract. In this way, his cap hit 2018-19 counts for salary equalization logistics, while teams that previously could not trade their selection can now flip the player.
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Cleveland Cavaliers receives: SF / PF Luol Deng, SG / SF Josh Hart, SF / PF Kyle Kuzma, pick No. 25 ( $ 1,746,840 )
Los Angeles Lakers receive: PF / C Kevin Love
Signing that James would probably get the Lakers out of the race for love Landing Paul George or the superstars in their entirety would not.
Adding Love raises the roof without compromising long-term flexibility. He has a player option of $ 25.6 million for 2019-20, which is likely to decline in order to enter free agency.
Although the Lakers have the ability to absorb Love's salary without sending anything, this trade protects that breathability. They are selling less than $ 2 million in extra salary, so they can get hooked on love after burning space on the open market or staying the same for mid-season merchants.
Losing what amounts to three first- rounders would sting. Hart and Kuzma proved to be fit for rotation as rookies, and discard the prospectus they take in n. ° 25 depletes the stable of commercial chips that are not from Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram.
the last two years and $ 36.8 million in Deng's contract are worth it. Love can help the Lakers now, and eliminating Deng's salary 2019-20 places them as free agent players next summer, even if they sign a combination of George, Julius Randle (restricted) and another marquee name.
The Cavaliers may refuse to sign a contract that will extend beyond 2018-1919, but will work with a base of badets below normal if James is fired. The pick No. 8, Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic is not a great base.
Grabbing Hart, Kuzma and another 2018 leaflet gives them an appearance of infrastructure. And Deng's salary will disappear when they're ready to play for something special.
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Cleveland Cavaliers receive: [SG / SF] Justin Anderson, SG / SF Jerryd Bayless, pick No. 10 ( $ 3,522,480 )
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: SG CJ McCollum
Portland Trail Blazers: SG / SF Kyle Korver, PF / C Kevin Love  Cutting the Sixers and trading for McCollum could directly attract the Cavaliers. It is much safer than anyone who leaves the board in the n. 10. However, he also turns 27 years before the start of the next season and is owed $ 82.8 million over the next three years.
Starting a rebuild with a top-10 prospect, a flyer on Anderson and salary cap relief is more constructive.
This agreement discounts more than $ 17 million from the Cavaliers' final results in 2018-19. Factor in the departure of James, and spend light years above the luxury tax to a heartbeat, or a purchase of Bayless and George Hill, below the salary cap of $ 101 million.
Bringing McCollum is a solid contingency for the Sixers if George and James sign elsewhere. They are wasting a piece of space on the top, but not all of the shebang. They will still have about $ 15 million more or less after this agreement, and the sign-and-trade packages built around Robert Covington's salary will remain in play if George or James are poking around in Philadelphia.
Taking Amor and Korver represents a risk for the Blazers. They are adding about $ 6 million of salary to the luxury tax. But Love cancels the need for both (or even one of them) Ed Davis and Jusuf Nurkic to re-sign (restricted). He could find a new life as a more stationary presence in the defense of head coach Terry Stotts and pair well on offense with other Portland front defense options (Al-Farouq Aminu, Zach Collins and Moe Harkless).
Korver does not replace McCollum, but his penchant for living on the ball makes it easier for the Blazers to incorporate Evan Turner, who dominates the ball. Love takes care of the second juice behind Damian Lillard, and his own experience in Cleveland should translate into a better floor balance around the Portland All-Star point.
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Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: C Pau Gasol, SG / SF Derrick White, pick No. 18 ($ 2,337,000)
San Antonio Spurs Receive: PF / C Kevin Love  Rescuing the Spurs from the Gasol deal goes against the stark mentality of the Cavaliers in the post-LeBron era, but their commitment will be short-lived. Only $ 6.7 million of his salary 2019-20 are guaranteed, and he should be willing to return some of this year's money ($ 16 million) in eventual purchase discussions.
Derrick White and the No. 18 pick are not commodities, but the Cavaliers must be prepared to please the lower end of the Kevin Love spectrum. The teams will not mortgage the future of a great man who is approaching his thirtieth birthday and free agency, especially when they know that Cleveland has no use for him.
Slotting Love with LaMarcus Aldridge would be the move of the Spurs par excellence. They spent most of their time at the center last season, according to Cleaning The Glbad, but they do not need to inhabit the same offensive space.
Head coach Gregg Popovich is a genius at integrating dual-big alignments, anyway. Surviving in defense is the biggest concern. Neither Love nor Aldridge have the walk to hang out of the painting. Even there, however, San Antonio is covered.
Aldridge is good enough to be the last line of defense in the Spurs system. He maintained the opponents with 54.7 percent shooting at the rim last year, which was the ninth-best among the 62 players with an average of 3.5 or more challenges per game.
With adjustable length in the perimeter in Danny Green (player option), Kawhi Leonard and Dejounte Murray counteract part of the immobility of an Aldridge-Love society. San Antonio is thin enough to stagger his minutes and run with a small ball 4 as well.
Replacing Gasol's contract for Love's almost expiring contract is an additional benefit for the Spurs. They will have more difficulty increasing salary cap space if Leonard signs a designated veteran extension this summer, and the possibility of giving up love if he opts is better than paying Gasol at least $ 6.7 million in 2019-20.
This becomes a comfortable debate if the Spurs send multi-year contracts to Green and Kyle Anderson (restricted) during the off-season, but the bare minimum, gives them a reasonable path to bypbad the luxury tax once the Supermax of Leonard goes into effect.
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The Cavaliers receive: SG Alec Burks, PF Jonas Jerebko, C Ekpe Udoh, pick No. 21 ( $ 2,056,580) first choice 2020 protected lottery round  Utah Jazz Receive: PF / C Kevin Love
This same package would look much better for the Cavaliers around the day of the draft. If the No. 21 pick's salary is not taken into account, the agreement was not canceled when using the 2017-18 ceilings, and Cleveland could save a pot more money by giving up Jerebko and Udoh before July 9, when their 2018-19 salaries become fully guaranteed.
Waiting for James's decision does not make it look much worse. Jerebko and Udoh become buying candidates, and the Cavaliers are still not being loaded with important money beyond 2018-19. In addition, any agreement that includes two first rounders has to arouse your attention.
Utah, meanwhile, is one of the few squads that will see immense value in securing the rights of Love's Bird before free agency. Winning the inside track on your return means everything to a franchise that is not known for poaching superstars at their peak.
Two firsts is a lot to give up since it plays the best position of Rudy Gobert, but the Jazz profile as exceptions here. They have extensive experience in the deployment of two large ones.
Head coach Quin Snyder adapts the pace and defensive decision making for different alignment configurations. Specifically in this team, Love will more than compensate for its failures at the other end, as stressed by The Ringer Haley O & # 39; Shaughnessy.
"If any defense can afford to take his slow feet, it's the only Quin Snyder used to turn off the Thunder." Derrick Favors will be a free agent this summer, placing Love with Rudy Gobert in Favors' place. Jazz a new punctuation dimension without losing the Favors bounce provided, being reunited with Ricky Rubio would mean Love would receive the ball more frequently, and being paired on the same offense that Donovan Mitchell would result in many open shots. "
The Jazz could push to use their 2019 selection if this year's selection is moving. as a real player and they worry that Love will leave next summer. But his departure clearly does not have to be a concern:
Good luck finding a better post adjustment LeBron for love. Does not exist.
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Cleveland Cavaliers receives: ] C Marcin Gortat, PF / C Jason Smith (baduming he chooses), pick No. 15 ( $ 2,725,680), 2022 second-round pick
Washington Wizards receives:  PF / C Kevin Love
Negotiating for love is certainly not what John Wall had in mind when he lamented the lack of athleticism of the Wizards in 5, but hey , potential contributors can not be fussy.
Oh, and I guess he will not complain about the Wizards getting rid of Gortat:
Love does nothing to improve the Wizards' rickety defense, as it is a protective rim downgrade when placed on the 5. But Gortat's own mobility is in decline, and Love can run in larger lineups with Ian Mahinmi in the center.
Overfeeding the offensive with the greatest possible spacing should be the Wizards' highest priority.
Wall shows its own driving lanes and approach angles when it fires with less than 30 percent in too many pairs of years. Surrounding him with Love, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Markieff Morris, Kelly Oubre Jr. or Tomas Satoransky have a potential of 4.5 and a half outs if Wall sniffs the average efficiency of the league from beyond the goal.  The Cavaliers could demand more in this agreement, such as Oubre or Satoransky. The Wizards should not bite. They are giving Cleveland two expired contracts that could return money on purchases and a selection of supplementary lottery.
Most offers will not improve much. Those who do, as we have outlined here, will try to sneak into some more expensive or longer-haul obligations.
Unless otherwise indicated, statistics are courtesy of NBA.com or Basketball Reference. Information on salaries and capital retention through Basketball Insiders and RealGM.   Dan Favale covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter ( @danfavale ) and listen to his Hardwood Knocks ] podcast, co-hosted by B / R & # 39; s Andrew Bailey.