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Rumor: Former GM says Suns ‘might be willing’ to give up a 1st-round pick for Kevin Love

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly looking for a first-round pick for Kevin Love, and the Phoenix Suns might be the team that gives it to them.

That’s at least what one former NBA general manager thinks, according to Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report:

The Suns (11-14) have taken a significant step forward this season. Adding Love, who could be a strong complement to Deandre Ayton (nearing a return from a performance-enhancing drug suspension), may give Phoenix a stronger chance to return to the postseason for the first time since 2010.

“They might be willing to give up a first to get Love,” he continued.

Love is making $28,942,830 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 16.2 points and 10.8 rebounds per game this season for the Cavs. He’s shooting 43.8 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 85.4 percent from the free-throw line.

The Suns are 11-14 on the season. Putting Love next to Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr., Aron Baynes, Deandre Ayton and Ricky Rubio would give Phoenix a legit shot at making the playoffs in the rugged Western Conference.

Plenty of contenders would love to acquire Love. He has career averages of 18.2 points and 11.2 rebounds with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cavs.