In the days leading up to the February 6 trade deadline, the Portland Trail Blazers did some retooling to their roster, acquiring Trevor Ariza from the Sacramento Kings and making him their new starting small forward. However, a new report suggests that the team had tried to land an even bigger fish in the form of Cleveland Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love, only for the trade attempt to fall through at some point before the deadline.
Quoting a report from Jason Lloyd of The Athletic, Bleacher Report wrote that the Trail Blazers were willing to trade away two veteran players with expiring contracts -- center Hassan Whiteside and wingman Kent Bazemore -- in order to acquire Love in a deal that "definitely equated to a salary dump." With Whiteside ($27.1 million) and Bazemore ($19.3 million) earning enough to match Love's $28.9 million salary for the 2019-20 season, such a transaction had long been rumored, although it wasn't specified when the Blazers made the rumored offer.
Instead of trading for Love, who is under contract through the 2022-23 season, the Blazers ended up making a deal with the Sacramento Kings, landing the 34-year-old Ariza and young power forwards Caleb Swanigan and Wenyen Gabriel in exchange for Bazemore, backup big man Anthony Tolliver, and two second-round draft picks.