When the clock struck midnight on Wednesday night/Thursday morning, the Kevin Love trade restriction was officially lifted.
Six months after signing his massive four-year, $120 million contract extension, the Cleveland Cavaliers can legally deal their injured power forward if they so choose.
According to sources, the Cavs' stance on keeping Love hasn't changed. They want him in Cleveland. They value what he can bring on the court when healthy and his leadership and set-the-tone work ethic behind the scenes has been very important. He wants to stay with the team as well.
"I don't know what's going to happen. I've said all along I've wanted to be here. I've said this too, it's a business," Love said recently. "We saw that last year at the deadline. Think every trade deadline, draft, free agency, always brings something new. It's always different.
"I would love to be here. Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I've had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here."
When the two sides agreed to terms and Love inked his deal on July 24, it wasn't with the intention of sending him elsewhere if things went haywire, just as they have in the first few months. He was to be the pillar during this difficult rebuild.