A trade of any kind would get the Cavs at least something in return for a player they have essentially wasted, and it would keep Love from having to go the buyout route, which could cost him a lot of money.
“There is growing sentiment around the league that Love will negotiate a buyout with Cleveland and sign a veteran-minimum contract with a contender, with one of the options being the Warriors.”
Certainly Golden State wouldn’t be the only team bidding for Love’s services. The Portland Trail Blazers have long had ties to Love, and without cap space or many assets to swing a meaningful trade, adding a player like Love via a buyout would be highly attractive.
If Love is bought out, the Cavs can stretch his remaining salary, minus whatever the buyout amount is, over five years, which would free up their books as they try to rebuild.