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People close to Kevin Love dispute report that he wants to be traded to Blazers

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A report from Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer stated that Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love prefers to be traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

However, Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest is reporting that people close to Love are disputing that rumor:

Love has been mentioned frequently, but is a question mark. There was a report that Portland is his favored destination, but I have not been able to substantiate that and, in fact, have been told by people close to him that the report is not necessarily true.

And the other concern with Love – who is obviously a terrific player with championship pedigree – are his injuries. Over his last three seasons, he has played 60, 59, and 22 games. At an average salary of $30.1 million over the next three seasons, his availability is a concern.

Love’s name is once again being brought up in trade rumors, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last week that the Cavs are “expressing a willingness to listen to offers” for Love.

Love is making $28.9 million this season. He has three years left on his contract with the Cavs after this season ends.

A five-time All-Star and NBA champion, Love is averaging 15.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game this season for the Cavs. He’s shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 88.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Blazers have been linked to Love for the past few years since he played his high school ball in Oregon. The Blazers, if they are able to acquire Love, would have four dynamic scorers in Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, Carmelo Anthony and Love.

Portland might have issues on defense, but its scoring prowess with Love on board could make up for any defensive shortcomings.