How did dumping on Kevin Love become an NBA pastime?

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The Cleveland Cavaliers forward is a four-time All-Star but cannot escape his biggest crime: not being LeBron James or Kyrie Irving

The NBA offseason is in full swing, which means it’s peak season for dumping on Kevin Love. The NBA finals lead to the NBA draft, which leads to the start of free agency, which leads to the opening of the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. And in between all of it is discussion and rumors about what the Cavaliers might be able to get, if anything, for Love. It’s the modern NBA offseason life cycle.

The latest rumor was Love being dealt away from the Cavaliers in a three-team deal that would have sent him to Denver, enabling Paul George to join LeBron’s latest superteam incarnation in Cleveland. That specific deal working out is now supposedly “very unlikely”. The Cavaliers also reportedly spoke before the draft with Phoenix to gauge their interest in a three-way deal to ship Love out and land George. There have even been rumblings of a discussed five-team framework that would have landed Cleveland George and Carmelo Anthony, with Love going … to a city never determined. Some of these discussions undoubtedly took place after the Cavs parted ways with general manager David Griffin, meaning even Cleveland’s interim front office staffers – people with limited power and long-term job prospects – are going with the approach of: “Uhhhhh … I guess we could try to trade Kevin and see if that works?”

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