Report: Cavs testing trade market on Kevin Love, have high asking price

Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin may still not be 100 percent satisfied with the makeup of his team.

Unsatisfied with the progress and attitude of the Cavs, Griffin fired David Blatt in late January and promoted Tyronn Lue to head coach. Lue has gone 8-3 since taking over and the Cavs are still No. 1 in the East. But there have been a lot of trade rumors and reports about the Cavs looking to make a deal for a wing player like Kyle Korver or Trevor Ariza. The Cavs clearly think they can make a small deal to tweak their roster for the better but it also seems like Cleveland could be willing to make a larger trade centered around Kevin Love.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, the Cavaliers are shopping Love in trades but are asking a lot in return.

Love is a borderline All-Star and signed a long-term deal with Cleveland this past offseason so it is not surprising that the Cavs want a lot for the eight-year veteran. Yet Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor reports that Griffin doesn't want to deal Love. However Fedor does speculate that the Boston Celtics could be a likely landing spot if a trade was to happen:

Despite General Manager David Griffin's claim that Love is unlikely to be dealt, carrying a high price tag, Love's name continues to be at the center of rumblings because of his inconsistent production and continued struggles to fit alongside James and Kyrie Irving

Before getting traded to Cleveland in 2014, he took a tour of Boston and the Celtics were considered a potential landing spot. They have been hoarding assets in hopes of landing a star in a blockbuster trade and Love has been a target for years.

But it doesn't really make sense for the Cavs to trade Love for assets. Especially since they are hellbent on winning the championship this season. Boston does have Jae Crowder, who would fit in quite nicely in Cleveland but it is hard to see the Cavs trading Love for the Celtics forward and some picks. 

Cleveland may go small or they may go big in a deal centered around Love but one thing is clear: With all of these different reports, the Cavs seem willing to shake up the roster a bit in order to bolster a championship run. 

Is Kevin Love on the trade block?
Is Kevin Love on the trade block? (USATSI)
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