3 Most Likely Destinations for Kevin Love Ahead of the NBA Trade Deadline

David Kaestle
Kevin Love has been the subject of trade rumors lately.
Kevin Love has been the subject of trade rumors lately. / Jason Miller/Getty Images
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Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has been the subject of trade rumors for what seems like years by now. The 2020 NBA Trade Deadline is Thursday, Feb. 6, so the rumors have began to heat up once again.

With this in mind, let's explore three potential trade scenarios if the Cavs decide to trade the five-time NBA All-Star power forward by this Thursday's trade deadline.

3. Sacramento Kings

Buddy Hield dribbles against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Buddy Hield dribbles against the Oklahoma City Thunder. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Sacramento Kings are loaded with young talent that could be used in a trade for Kevin Love. A deal centered around Bogdan Bogdanović, who the Kings have failed to reach a contract extension with, and Harry Giles could be a good starting point. Someone like Dewayne Dedmon might need to be included in the deal to match salaries as well, but Love could become a solid veteran presence and consistent source of scoring in the Kings' frontcourt alongside Marvin Bagley III. A future first-round pick could also be included to sweeten the pot.

2. Denver Nuggets

Nikola Jokic in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
Nikola Jokic in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks. / Dylan Buell/Getty Images

The Denver Nuggets certainly have the assets to get a deal done here. A package built around Gary Harris could be a viable starting point. Mason Plumlee, Malik Beasley and Will Barton also likely remain potential trade chips. However, the most intriguing piece the Nuggets have is arguably Michael Porter Jr. He was the projected to be the No. 1 overall pick in 2018 NBA Draft before injuries caused him to fall all the way to the Nuggets with the 14th pick that summer. Now shown to have star potential, Porter Jr. and draft picks leave Denver with plenty of enticing options for the Cavs, even if he's not the one included in the deal.

1. Portland Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony during a game against the Utah Jazz.
Damian Lillard and Carmelo Anthony during a game against the Utah Jazz. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Despite Portland's addition of Carmelo Anthony, adding Love could be a smart next acquisition, especially if they're looking to compete for a title this season. Still in need of some frontcourt scoring, the Blazers could build a package around Hassan Whiteside, who has an expiring contract and would open up cap space for Cleveland next summer. The Cavaliers will also probably look to grab another young player and/or draft pick in the deal, so Portland sees that as a necessity for this deal to go through, they could also include Nassir Little or a future first-round pick. It also can't hurt that Love is from the Portland area, so he most likely would welcome a move here.


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