This is a shocking Kevin Love report

Cleveland's most attractive asset is the No. 8 overall pick. He's been quiet about what he'll do when his contract is up at the end of the month.

Kevin Love has been mentioned in a lot of trade talks since he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers via a trade.

That year, the Cavs selected Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 pick. And momentum for the Cavs to select the Missouri freshman forward only gained steam on Thursday morning, when ESPN's Jonathan Givony released his final mock draft.

But right now, the Cavs' star player essentially is holding his team hostage, and Altman will have to make some crucial draft-night decisions from that vantage point. If that's what you are looking for, then go back to Google or Bing or whatever the hell you were using. While his family will be a major factor for what he does on a personal level, James wants his primary motivating factor on a professional level to be the pursuit of more rings.

Vardon also wrote that the Cavs won't know James' future plans when the draft tips off Thursday night, which isn't a surprise but is nonetheless significant.

The 33-year-old is not expected to reveal his intentions until after the draft.

The Lakers were fined $500,000 last August after general manager Rob Pelinka made a prohibited form of contact with the agent of Paul George while the forward was with the Indiana Pacers.

And now, Pluto says, that pick matters. Due to their limited assets, one avenue to getting better with or without LeBron is taking on yet another bad contract, which, in the case of Parsons, could lead to a better draft pick. OK, that kinda stinks (you got me), but keeping LeBron is worth every roster-altering risk.

If James leaves as a free agent, Young was the marquee player in college past year. The pick could be used in a trade package, or could be used to draft somebody. "He continued by saying "[James going to LA] is the worst case scenario for LeBron, so many things have to come to fruition for that to even be a possibility, and Dan Gilbert would have to mess up so many things with the draft and beyond to push LeBron out".

As a bit of a side note on Love, my source also tells me the Cavs are "not high on Kevin Love" and are "likely to move on from him if the opportunity arises to get better talent".

  • Rosalie Stanley