HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors


February 12, 2015 Updates

Kerr is one of the two gentlemen in the Warriors organization who deserves credit for where Thompson's career is heading. For much of July, remember, Thompson was within a hair's breadth of being dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a package for Kevin Love (David Lee would have been sent to Minnesota, too, with Love and Kevin Martin coming back to the Warriors). The other is team consultant Jerry West, who was staunchly against a trade involving Thompson from the beginning. That's not to say the deal was an abstract possibility. In both organizations, it was almost a given that a Love-Thompson swap would happen. Warriors ownership really wanted Love, and talking team brass out of making the trade was not easy. As one source privy to the conversations said, "It was not just close, it was a done deal. I thought (Thompson) was gone. It wasn't the 11th hour. It was like 11:58." Kerr and West ultimately were able to pull management back from the brink of the deal. As Kerr puts it, "I would not have taken this job if Klay were not here. I wanted a chance to coach him." Sporting News

Love sat on the floor with the towel firmly planted on his face for approximately 3-4 minutes. When he felt comfortable enough to get up, he proceeded to walk to the locker room with team trainer Steve Spiro by his side. The organization later revealed that he suffered an eye abrasion and would not return to the contest. He will be reevaluated Thursday morning to see if he can give it a go for the matchup that night against the division rival Chicago Bulls. Cleveland Plain Dealer

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

LeBron James felt no need to clarify any remarks or tweets he has made in recent days and Kevin Love insisted on Tuesday there was no problem between the two stars. “I was caught off-guard when I heard about it,” Love said. ”We’re teammates, we see each other, there’s no problem with us.” James tweeted late Saturday night people shouldn’t worry so much about “fitting out” and instead should try to “fit in” and be part of something special. It was strikingly similar to a comment Love made in October when his teammates were encouraging him to “fit out” and be himself rather than trying to fit in. Akron Beacon Journal

There's no question that this bumpy season has raised some reasonable questions about whether or not Love is the right long-term fit in Cleveland, especially with the three-time All-Star owning an opt-out in his contract following this season. It also led to some assumptions, among some, about whether or not Love has the right makeup to play for an NBA winner, and if he's truly willing to sacrifice for a contender. Ben Howland takes exception to such negative characterizations. "One thousand percent," said Howland, who coached Love and UCLA to the Final Four in Love's only collegiate season. "It's insulting." Bleacher Report

February 9, 2015 Updates

I know the trade deadline is approaching and an easy talk radio topic is whether the Cavs should trade Love. Not happening. The Cavs have not entertained any thought like that and haven’t discussed Love with any other teams. They are committed to making this work and Sunday was proof that it can. Akron Beacon Journal

“It was more about people in general,” James said. “It was a general thought I had. Obviously whatever thought I have people try to encrypt it and Da Vinci code it and all that stuff. People are always trying to fit out instead of fit in and be part of something special. That’s what it’s all about.” Akron Beacon Journal

After the large pack of cameras and recorders dissipated, a few of the regular beat writers stuck around a few extra minutes. ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, who used the original “fit in/fit out” Love quote in an October story for ESPN, showed James the original quote. He smiled. When we pressed him on it some more, James laughed and said, “It’s not a coincidence, man.” Akron Beacon Journal

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