Tuesday January 26th, 2016

The Cleveland Cavaliers are not planning to trade power forward Kevin Love, general manager David Griffin said Monday on ESPN 850 AM in Cleveland.

Rumors began circulating about a potential trade involving Love after he became trade-eligible on Jan. 15, but Griffin said there is no basis to that speculation. 

“You’d have to go a long way to convince me that we’re a better team winning in the Finals without a player like Kevin on our team,” Griffin said. “We’ve never once put together an offer involving Kevin, nor have we taken a call on an offer for Kevin.”

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Love is averaging 15.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 32.4 minutes per game this season, though he has experienced a slight dip in performance and playing time since Kyrie Irving returned from his knee injury on Dec. 20. Over his eight-year NBA career, Love has averaged 18.4 points per game on a 44.6% shooting percentage.

The three-time All Star was acquired before the 2014–15 season in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for 2014 No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Earlier this month LeBron James said he and the team were happy with the results of the trade.

The Cavaliers (31–12) host the Phoenix Suns (14–31) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

- Erin Flynn

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