This summer could've turned out to be so different for the Cleveland Cavaliers organisation and its expensive roster.
Trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-1 in the NBA finals, and staring a second consecutive defeat at the same stage to the defending champions in the face, many insisted an overhaul of the team was in the offing.
However, thanks to the brilliance of LeBron James, coupled with some breathtaking displays by Kyrie Irving that secured the Cavs its first title in franchise history, the entire organisation has enjoyed a quiet and low-key offseason.
The player whose future was supposed to be under threat more than any was power forward Kevin Love.
The big man was practically a non-factor for Cleveland against the Warriors and was ridiculed for his performances as he struggled to justify his huge contract.
His name was firmly involved in trade rumours but having ultimately played his part in helping the Cavaliers become champions, the franchise reportedly has no interest in offloading the former Minnesota Timberwolves star.
The question of whether Love will be traded can be put to bed for now, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
Per Kyler, "While there are no shortage of suitors who would take on Love’s contract, sources close to the Cavs say moving him is not even remotely a consideration."
Despite the noises from the outside, the Ohio-based outfit has remained consistent with its comments in regards to K.Love.
General manager David Griffin and head coach Tyronn Lue have stated on numerous occasions that the three-time All-Star would remain in Cleveland.
The team must accept, however, that until the trade window closes in February, Love's name will continue to be linked with a trade away from The Land.
As it stands, though, the 27-year-old will be an integral part of the Cavs team that will look to repeat next season.