Eastern Notes: Love, Thompson, Bucks, Silva, Kurucs

Sources close to Cavaliers veterans Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson tell Joe Vardon of The Athletic that both big men would ideally like to play for a team with a chance to win a championship. However, Vardon warns not to read too much into that, suggesting that neither player has given any indication he wants out of Cleveland.

Additionally, even if the Cavaliers decide to try to deal Love or Thompson, it’s not clear if there would be a strong market for either player, Vardon notes. That doesn’t mean they wouldn’t appeal to contenders, but trade chatter around the NBA is “way down,” according to one general manager who spoke to The Athletic, and Love’s and Thompson’s big cap hits would make them tricky to move.

Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor tries to identify a few teams that might match up with the Cavaliers in a Love trade, writing that rival team executives believe GM Koby Altman is “just posturing” when he insists Cleveland has zero interest in moving the five-time All-Star. However, O’Connor has a tough time finding ideal fits, listing the Kings, Spurs, Heat, Trail Blazers, and Rockets as some teams that might work in theory.

As Altman and the Cavs consider their options, here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:

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7 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Love, Thompson, Bucks, Silva, Kurucs

  1. x%sure

    The Ringer article uses a good word, repeated here, to describe Brogdon’s absense: “shadow”. But it ignores Pat Con’ton, who has played about the same minutes as the players mentioned: Mathews, Korver, & injured Middleton. DiVencenzio and SterlingBrown are having good years and get mentioned later.

    Meanwhile Brogdon is doing whatever he wants in Indiana, pretty well. He’s not regretting anything.

    And again the argument that it was only money that set up the Bucks-Pacers trade. But some starter was going to be left dangling unattached no matter what.
    Lopez is doing okay, apparently focussing on defense. Bucks are 11-3.

    But again the national media seem to want the star to move from the Midwest!

  2. 123Redsox

    If Cleveland could eat some salary, Thompson could be a fit with the celtics. I would imagine sending different looks at Embiid and giannis would be the strategy to slow them down and Thompson could add an experienced rebounder to a group with only kanter as a real inbound presence

    • Tazza

      They don’t really have anything to salary match with Thompson. Celtics have paid so much for Walker, Brown, Hayward and will likely pay Tatum soon. Marcus Smart won’t get traded cause his deal is nice and he’s to value able.

  3. Tazza

    Thompson has been playing really well this season he would be a good pick up for a few teams. Not sure exactly what direction the Cavs are heading in right now. But I don’t see much point in them keeping a veteran centre with a 18mil expiring contract who’s playing well. He’s not apart of any long term plans and in terms of drafting well he’s only going to push what could be a top 5 pick closer to around 10th.

  4. harden-westbrook-mvps

    Milwaukee needs to do something to improve their defense.

    Melo scored 18 points on them and the Blazers put up 129 total.

  5. Shawnpe

    13-3. Without Middleton for about half of it.

    Brogdon was great for Milwaukee. Bogdan would be great too. But Milwaukee does not really have a “void” as suggested. The rotation has just gotten deeper and it’s working pretty good considering the majority of their games have been on the road to this point.

    I’m not sure Sacramento would part with Him for what the Bucks would be willing to part with.

    As for defense, when you score quickly and efficiently like milwaukee, you give the opponent more possessions and more points.

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