But ask Love – who grew up in Portland – about playing for the Trail Blazers, and he beams. Because as you know, you’ve been to Portland, you’ve played in Portland, you’ve played against Portland – their fans come out.
This feels like the latest step in the progression with Love and the Cavaliers – from “I do want to be here. I always have” to “Let the chips fall where they may” to an anonymously sourced reports he preferred a trade to a contender or Portland to Love raving on the record about Portland.
But Portland no longer has the obvious contract to match Love’s high salary.