Eastern Notes: Love, Bryant, Bertans, Augustin, C’s

Few NBA players have been mentioned more frequently in trade rumors this season than Kevin Love. However, with the Cavaliers and potential trade partners not seeing eye-to-eye on Love’s value, there appears to be no movement on a potential deal, with just over 24 hours left before Thursday’s deadline. For his part, Love sounds fully prepared to remain in Cleveland through the deadline.

“I don’t think anything is going to happen,” the Cavaliers’ power forward said, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “I really don’t, but we’ll see.”

As Fedor explains, sources have insisted for weeks that a Love trade is unlikely because the Cavaliers are unwilling to treat a deal as a salary dump. They view Love as a valuable trade chip and would balk at attaching a draft pick to him, while possible suitors believe they’d be doing Cleveland a favor by taking on the 31-year-old’s pricey long-term contract. That gap seems unlikely to be bridged by Thursday afternoon.

Here are a few more notes from around the Eastern Conference:

  • Thomas Bryant, who missed 20 games earlier in the season with a right foot injury, is once again dealing with soreness in that foot, the Wizards announced today (via Twitter). Bryant has been ruled out for at least the next two games and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
  • Asked today if he wants to stick with the Wizards through the trade deadline, forward Davis Bertans replied, “Of course, I love it here” (video link via Fred Katz of The Athletic).
  • Although they still have a strong hold on a playoff spot, the Magic have missed D.J. Augustin‘s leadership and shooting ability recently, as John Denton of OrlandoMagic.com details. Orlando has a 3-8 record in the last month without Augustin, who will likely remain on the shelf through the All-Star break due to his left knee bone irritation, head coach Steve Clifford said today (Twitter link via Josh Robbins of The Athletic).
  • Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters today that Robert Williams has been cleared for full practices after the All-Star break and that Daniel Theis – out with an ankle sprain – has no set timetable (Twitter link via Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald).
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5 thoughts on “Eastern Notes: Love, Bryant, Bertans, Augustin, C’s

  1. whitesquirrel
    whitesquirrel

    Re: Betrans

    Why do people always effin’ ask if someone wants to stay with a team? WTF else are they gonna say?

    • dlevin11

      Re Bertans. Of course he likes it there what player wouldn’t? You have the green light to shoot 3-pointers whenever you want and are never asked to do the dirty work like play defense and rebound.

  2. x%sure

    Writer Fedor noted that nothing is hot with Cavs execs, and Tristan is a backup choice for others.
    He didn’t say Love had a salary dump value and we won’t know because he won’t be offered for less than something. Love has been good in the 14 games since the blowup early January, 21/9/3 in 33′ with 39% from 3pt.
    Really the main question concerns Sexton anyway.

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