This Cavs-Wizards offseason trade features Kevin Love

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Cleveland Cavaliers Receive: F Davis Bertans, C Thomas Bryant, F Chandler Hutchison

Washington Wizards Receive: F Kevin Love, F Dylan Windler, WAS 2022 2nd Round Pick (via CLE), SAS 2022 2nd Round Pick (via CLE), CLE 2023 2nd Round Pick

In order for Washington to be able to acquire Kevin Love, they would need to trade away roughly $26M in salaries, which is why Davis Bertans ($16M 2021-22 salary) and Thomas Bryant ($8.6M 2021-22 salary) would have to be included in this trade package. 

They are the next two highest paid players on the Wizards next to Westbrook and Beal, but they are also two guys who could carve out a role in Cleveland. Bertans is nothing more than a sharpshooter, which is something the Cavaliers need, and Thomas Bryant is an athletic center that missed pretty much the entire season with a torn ACL. 

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The Cavaliers do have Jarrett Allen, but they could definitely use a young, athletic center like Thomas Bryant as his backup, should he be healthy and ready to go for the start of next season. Cleveland would also get Chandler Hutchison, who came from Chicago to Washington as part of a three-team deal at the trade deadline between the Wizards, Celtics and Bulls. 

Washington would not only get Kevin Love in this deal, but they would also get a young three-point specialist in Dylan Windler, who has had trouble staying on the court due to injuries, and three future second-round picks. 

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Trading away Kevin Love would be huge for the Cavaliers and no matter what they would be getting in return, the trade would be a win for them since they would be getting rid of Love and the $60.2M he is owed through the 2022-23 season. 

This trade is definitely something that could be of interest for the Wizards, especially because they would be able to pair Westbrook back up with his old college teammate from UCLA in Kevin Love, but are they willing to tie themselves down financially? 

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