CLEVELAND — Kevin Love has been the subject of trade speculation all season, and the Cleveland Cavaliers star showed his frustration several times during Saturday night’s 121-106 loss to Oklahoma City.
Earlier in the day, Love yelled at Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman over a recent fine, according to a report by The Athletic.
Citing anonymous sources, The Athletic said the incident took place following the team’s shootaround and Love was screaming in front of teammates, coaches and front office staff.
Love became annoyed late in the second quarter when Collin Sexton didn’t throw him the ball as he was getting position in the lane. The veteran forward threw his arms in the air and slowly walked toward Sexton at the top of the key.
After receiving the ball, Love threw a low pass to Cedi Osman, who bobbled the ball before shooting a 3-pointer.
“We were making a play call,” Love said. “We were in the bonus and Chris Paul was on me, so I felt swing it to me and try to throw it in the post, see if they double team and get a good shot out of that. That’s not what we did, and yeah, I was frustrated.”
Cavaliers coach John Beilein took blame for the play call as the clock was winding down, but said he doesn’t want his players to show frustration on the court.
“If I do it, if anyone does it, it really doesn’t make you a better player or a better coach at that time,” Beilein said. “It’s like carrying a suitcase around with you, that you have extra baggage. We don’t need to do that. … So as it’s pointed out to me or I see it, we try to address it the best we can.”
The report in The Athletic said Love was fined for $1,000 for his outburst on the bench during Tuesday’s game in Toronto, where he pounded a chair in frustration as he came off the court during a timeout.
Love’s name has come up in trade talks as the rebuilding Cavaliers are looking to the future. He’s in the second season of a four-year, $120 million contract extension.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.