Cavs Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Have 'No Plans' to Trade Kevin Love

Cavs Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers Have 'No Plans' to Trade Kevin Love”

While we don't know the answer to that question, one thing is very clear, until Thomas gets back (and even when he's back) more of the offensive load will be falling on Kevin Love in Irving's absence.

A year ago was Love's best season in Cleveland, averaging 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while also being his highest usage season (26.4 percent) since joining the Cavs.

With Irving now at the Boston Celtics, and Isaiah Thomas battling through injuries, Love should have a bigger role in the offence this season.

The Cavs considered trading Love as recently as this offseason when he was reportedly involved in a three-team deal which would have resulted in Cleveland acquiring Paul George. "He's going to get those elbow touches again". However, that deal fell apart when Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard backed out and ultimately made a decision to trade George to the Thunder for Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis.

Because of that expectation, it appears that the Cavs plan to keep the four-time NBA All-Star on their roster. While Cavs players and coaches have occasionally emphasized how they would "play through him" more offensively, it has never happened on a consistent basis.

Love will have to sacrifice less and give more on offense - an area he's thrived before during his playing days with the Timberwolves.

Love was far from poor last season - averaging 19 points and 11.1 rebounds per game - but he rarely had a play called specifically for him when both James and Irving were also on the court. His efficiency across the board increased, too, as he shot a better field-goal percentage and better mark from the 3-point line than a season ago. Love should savor this moment. "I expect to be here for a long time".

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