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Report: Kevin Love could be moved by February trade deadline

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics completed arguably the biggest trade of the NBA offseason this week - a move that saw star point guard Kyrie Irving shipped from the Cavs to the Celtics.

The Cavaliers received Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, a 2018 first-round pick and a 2020 second-round pick in the now-completed deal.

However, Cleveland's roster may still need an upgrade before February if the Cavaliers are going to make a run at their fourth-straight NBA Finals appearance.

According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, Cleveland may not be done wheeling and dealing just yet, as star forward Kevin Love could be the next one out the door before February's trade deadline comes and goes:

"The addition of Crowder also could make Love expendable, allowing Cleveland to dangle either the All-Star stretch forward, the Brooklyn pick -- or both -- on the market in February to make a push to revamp the roster before the postseason," he writes.

Love played a big part in the Cavs' 2016 title run, but rumors last year had Cleveland trying to trade him at the deadline for players like Paul George and Carmelo Anthony.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

If the Cavs decide to hang on to Love, though, McMenamin thinks one or both of the draft picks the team acquired from the Celtics could be used to improve the roster for another Finals run:

"Of course, the Brooklyn pick gives Cleveland a potential lottery selection -- or even in the top-five range, if the Nets really struggle -- next season to restart the franchise should James opt out of his contract in the summer of 2018 and bolt as a free agent," McMenamin writes. "Plus, Ante Zizic and the Miami pick could bear fruit in the future (before you scoff at the value of a second-rounder, remember that both Thomas and Crowder were second-round selections). But again, that's a story for a another day."

Whatever happens in Cleveland will depend on whether the team feels it can hang on to star forward LeBron James or not, as his future with the Cavs is murky at the moment.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Three

If he goes, the team will likely try to trade Love and build around the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round pick. If LeBron seems like he wants to stay, that pick can be traded for a star player or some other valuable piece to a championship puzzle.

Whatever happens during the 2017-18 season in Cleveland, all eyes will be on King James and the Cavaliers, as some big decisions loom in their very near futures.

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