KEY POINTS

  • Kevin Love shows shades of his old self against the Nuggets
  • The Nuggets are linked to a move for Love
  • Love needs to prove he can play more regular-season games

Kevin Love remains with the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite being relegated to a backup role.

That move alone by the Cavs gives a slight hint that the 33-year-old could be dealt, and it was ironic he had a good game against a reportedly interested team.

Love came off the bench for the Cavs on Monday, October 25 against the Denver Nuggets and made a good account of himself.

He finished with 22 points along with six rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

It was a rare good performance for the five-time All-Star, who is in the third year of a four-year $120 million contract. He is not due to hit NBA free agency until 2023.

The Nuggets are one of several teams linked to the one-time NBA champion, Sam Amico of Hoops Wire reported.

However, a potential deal for Kevin Love is purely left at that and nothing has gone beyond interest.

Tying that up with Love’s performance, critics joked that Love may be auditioning to give the Nuggets a preview on what they would be getting if they engage in advanced talks with the Cavs.

But one game may not alter the interest in the 2011 NBA Most Improved Player of the Year. His history of injuries is well documented, a reason why Love has struggled to finish an entire season.

With roughly $60 million left in the last two years of his deal, teams will likely hold off for now. Love needs to prove he can stay away from injuries first to justify his true worth.

Love, together with Collin Sexton, has been suggested as potential trade bait for disgruntled Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons in the past.

However, an unnamed NBA executive bats that such a deal has no chance of happening according to a report from Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

A buyout is also out of the question with Love stressing that it is not an option.

Hence, it appears he will have to ride it out with the Cavs unless a franchise steps up and agrees to a deal.

Kevin Love Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Oct. 19, 2018. Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images