KEY POINTS

  • Cavs leave two open roster spots in what could be room for more players coming in
  • Kevin Love likely to be dealt to either Miami or Portland
  • Love prefers Portland, a place he calls home

Kevin Love seems to be on the brink of being traded although the Cleveland Cavaliers need to work on it. And it appears they have done just that, probably setting the stage in what most see as a multiplayer deal in the works.

Frustrations have gotten the better of the 31-year-old player recently, lashing out at Cavs general manager Koby Altman and going off on Colin Sexton in the middle of a game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Clearly, Love is unhappy and a trade is looming as the only way to resolve the messy situation, CBS Sports reported.

To his credit, Love did apologize for his actions and called his behavior childish. While his action is laudable, it does not erase the fact that there are strained relationships within the Cavs organization. And according to "The Hoop Collective" podcast, Love wants out but getting that done involves the former NBA champion's $120 million contract.

It may take a multiplayer deal to help Love move out and it appears the Cavs are preparing for that. Just recently, they let go of Alfonzo McKinnie and Tyler Cook while signing guard Levi Randolph to a two-way contract. Back in December, the Cavs also unloaded Jordan Clarkson to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and two future picks.

Now, the Cavs have two open roster spots with most speculating that these are spots intended for new players coming in, NBC Sports reported. The only question is who will the Cavs deal Love to?

In a previous post, the Portland Trail Blazers were mentioned as a possible trade partner. Love could head back "home" but the issue on who the Cavs would get is up in the air. Hassan Whiteside and Kent Bazemore were mentioned, both carrying huge contracts as well ($27.1 million and $19.3 million respectively).

If not the Blazers, the Miami Heat could also make sense. Team president Pat Riley does have players he has been trying to deal off since last summer. Dion Waiters, James Johnson, and Goran Dragic have been mentioned time and again, all holding hefty contracts as well.

As of this writing, there is no clarity on where the Cavs will deal Love. The NBA trade deadline is fast approaching so the disgruntled five-time All-Star could be switching uniforms soon.