CLEVELAND — Could Kevin Love's days in Cleveland be numbered?
According to a new report from The Athletic, the Cavaliers' All-Star is unhappy with the team and is seeking a trade to a contender. Things allegedly came to a head Saturday afternoon when Love verbally unleashed on general manager Koby Altman.
Love played in the Cavs' 121-106 home loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder later that night but appeared visibly frustrated at several points during the game. He yelled at Collin Sexton to pass him the ball before hurling a hard pass of his own at Cedi Osman just before halftime, and in the fourth quarter appeared to show no effort on defensive possession.
Before, during, and after the game, social media was buzzing with opinions and takes on the situation. Love himself actually got it started, when he posted a photo on Instagram from the movie Joker that showed Joaquin Phoenix's character forcing a smile. Former teammate and Cavs legend LeBron James also commented with several laughing emojis.
James was not the only former Cavalier to comment on the matter: Kendrick Perkins retweeted the Sexton exchange with the caption, "Being a leader ain’t easy huh Kevin?"
On the other side, Channing Frye defended love, and also took swipes at the Cavs organization and Sexton.
Eventually, Frye and Perkins debated among themselves.
Not surprisingly, fans made themselves heard as well.
In the end, however, it was Love who had the last word: Although he admitted in the postgame press conference that he was frustrated, he also took to Instagram again talked about "untruths" that were being reported. Osman and Kevin Porter Jr. also expressed their appreciation for Love in the comments.
The Cavs will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Sunday afternoon in Cleveland.
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