• Cleveland Cavaliers keeping Kevin Love for now
  • JB Bickerstaff planned to fight for Love
  • Cavs have formidable frontline with Love, Drummond and Thompson

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers was a player most thought was on the way out. This came out when the 31-year-old forward went on an emotional outburst at the way things were going this NBA season. He directed his frustrations to Cavs' General Manager Koby Altman in what appeared to be the final straw. However, all this happened when John Beilein was still around.

As most know by now, JB Bickerstaff is calling the shots and the Cavs outlook just took a different term. Players were finally understanding the direction of the franchise and the 41-year-old coach was earning respect. Unfortunately, he came in a bit too late and his entry was not enough to steer the Cavs campaign around. But the point there is that the Cavaliers are now showing signs of life and unity.

The Cavs have several players who are supposedly on their way out. Tristan Thompson's deal is expiring while Andre Drummond holds a player option. Love has three years left in his current deal, owed more than $91.46 million. It was that hefty sum that has made it difficult to ship him to another NBA team. The closest thing to seeing Love traded was back in February. The Portland Trail Blazers offered the expiring deals of Hassan Whiteside and Kent Bazemore at the time, The Athletic reported. The deal fell apart.

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. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

From there, all were just NBA trade rumors. The COVID-19 pandemic broke out and everything just went silent. That was until now. It appears that the lull allowed Cavs management to assess Love and it appears that they see the value in keeping the 6-foot-8 forward, reported. From the looks of it, the Cavs will try to balance a mix of young and veteran players heading into next season.

The case of Thompson has yet to be resolved although the Cavs are reportedly keen on keeping him in the fold. Drummond has yet to decide on his deal although a previous report singled out sources as claiming that he may pick up the player option of his current deal. If the three giants stay in Cleveland, the Cavaliers have a formidable frontline that could be enough to see them make a better run next NBA season.