Kevin Love’s 12-year career in the NBA has placed him at the heart of endless trade rumors. Admit it, every Trail Blazers fan has popped Love into the trade machine at least once. Now entering his seventh season with the Cavaliers, Love is currently the longest tenured player on Cleveland’s roster.
Love discussed that unlikely reality in an interview with Akron Beacon Journal reporter Marla Ridenour. In the aftermath of Tristian Thompson’s departure, Love used a pop-culture reference to summarize his rumor-filled time in Cleveland.
“Daniel Day-Lewis, baby,” Love joked, referring to the actor in 1992 movie The Last of the Mohicans. “As everybody knows, probably after the first week I was here, my name was thrown out — ‘Hey, we might be able to get something for him’ or ‘This would be a great trade’ or ‘Kevin’s name came up’ — with somebody pulling the name out of thin air, whether it was warranted or not.
The 32-year-old big fella appeared in 56 games last season. He averaged 17.6 points and 9.8 rebounds in those outings. Love is under contract through the 2022-23 season.