The Cavaliers are ready to listen to offers for Kevin Love, sources tell @wojespn.Here’s Woj on the trade market for Love: pic.twitter.com/M5BprMtAkG— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 2019TRADE RUMORS: Raptors interested in Cavs’ Tristan ThompsonLove has found himself at the center of trade rumors nearly every season since he was traded from the Timberwolves to the Cavs in 2014, yet he somehow outlasted Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, the other members of Cleveland’s championship “Big Three.” With the Cavs in the middle of a major rebuild, it makes sense that he would finally be thrown into a deal, allowing the organization to gather assets for the future.There are hurdles, of course. Love has three years and approximately $90 million remaining on his contract beyond 2019-20, creating significant salary-matching problems. He also has an alarming injury history, so contenders may be hesitant to send back draft picks or promising prospects.It’s a strange situation because the Cavs could argue Love is a valuable complementary piece for a team (17.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 37.4 percent on 3-pointers from 2014-19), while a trade suitor could say it is helping Cleveland by taking his money onto its books. Knowing that issue is at the center of trade talks, here’s a breakdown of possible destinations for Love. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/62/fb/jaylen-brown-kevin-love-getty-120919-ftrjpg_r4h2pz0qi5yiz1dcwhwwbydi.jpg?t=-335471970&w=500&quality=80 Kevin Love to the Celtics?Love would be an offensive upgrade over Daniel Theis, Enes Kanter, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye and Grant Williams in the frontcourt. His shooting and passing would fit well with Brad Stevens’ egalitarian system, and using Love as the screener in the pick-and-pop with Kemba Walker would be a nightmare for opposing defenses.This one can be ruled out pretty quickly, though. Boston’s two huge contracts (Walker and Gordon Hayward at over $32 million each) aren’t going anywhere, and every other player is under $13 million. Marcus Smart holds the only middle-of-the-road deal ($12.5 million), and he’s been integral to the team’s success. Plus, the Celtics aren’t exactly struggling with the fourth-best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference through the first quarter of the season, and Gordon Hayward just returned from injury.The Celtics are always floating around the trade rumor mill, but this feels like a reach.Kevin Love to the Heat?Similar to Boston, the Heat would gladly slide Love into their power forward spot. Imagine Love as a better version of Meyers Leonard next to Bam Adebayo in the starting lineup. Miami also possesses a number of contracts (Goran Dragic, James Johnson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Olynyk) that could be used to match Love’s number.Here’s the thing: Would the Heat eliminate the potential opportunity to use 2021 cap space on a marquee free agent? Remember, Love isn’t on an expiring deal — he is signed through the 2022-23 season. Does he put the Heat over the top right now?Miami is doing fine with its current group, not far behind Milwaukee in the standings. Heat president Pat Riley could be aggressive ahead of the February trade deadline, but chasing Love seems short-sighted.Kevin Love to the Jazz?The Jazz have been pretty disappointing through 20-plus games following the offseason additions of Mike Conley and Bojan Bogdanovic. Utah is sputtering in the scoring department with a bottom-10 offensive rating, so Love would provide a boost on that end. With reigning Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert lurking near the basket, Love wouldn’t be as much of a defensive liability.It’s too early for the Jazz to panic — they are in playoff position despite their struggles — but this is a team worth monitoring as the deadline approaches. If Utah slides a little too close toward the eighth seed, could the front office consider building a package around Dante Exum and a draft pick?Kevin Love to the Suns?This is a sneaky-good spot for Love. After nearly a full decade of basketball without a postseason appearance, the Suns are right in the thick of the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference. Ricky Rubio (reunited from the Timberwolves days!), Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre, Love and Deandre Ayton (or the suddenly spectacular Aron Baynes) — there would be some defensive breakdowns on the back end, but that’s a strong starting five on a nightly basis.Tyler Johnson’s expiring contract ($19.2 million) makes the math less difficult, but would Phoenix be forced to relinquish a youngster like Mikal Bridges in order to push a deal through? Maybe put a draft asset on the table, and Cavs general manager Koby Altman would at least pick up the phone.Kevin Love to the Trail Blazers?Love will always be attached to the Trail Blazers because he grew up in Lake Oswego, Ore., and he is exactly the kind of stretch-4 that Portland has been lacking for years. Love’s presence as a spot-up shooter and screener would create more opportunities for ball-dominant guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, and Hassan Whiteside (or Jusuf Nurkic when healthy) could operate as a rim protector behind Love. (That would require Whiteside being consistently engaged, which… yeah, can’t bank on that.) The Cavaliers were reportedly resistant to the idea of moving star forward Kevin Love amid the free agency chaos of this past summer. It appears their stance has changed.Cleveland is now willing to listen to trade offers for Love, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The team is preparing for the market to expand on Dec. 15, the day when players who signed contracts during the offseason are eligible to be traded. Portland could start with Kent Bazemore’s expiring deal ($19.2 million) and fill in the salary from there. Anfernee Simons is probably unavailable, but it’s not a huge stretch to put together a trade to boost the Blazers’ playoff chances this season. The real problems would arrive down the road.The Blazers would be locked into the Lillard-McCollum-Love trio through 2023 with little room to improve. Next year alone those players would cost more than $90 million. That doesn’t have the look of a championship-caliber squad, even in a post-Warriors universe.This could come down to Portland’s level of desperation.
1 Apr 2015 Dorset’s Kevin Brown wins South West Golf Steward of the Year Dorset’s Kevin Brown has won the title of the Fuller’s London Pride Steward of the Year for England Golf’s South West region. Kevin, from Sherborne Golf Club, received his trophy at the annual presentation lunch at The Counting House in London, when the national and regional winners were celebrated. The competition to find and recognise England’s top golf club stewards was in its eighth year and attracted hundreds of votes for the nominated stewards. Kevin commented: “This is a huge personal achievement and it’s just tremendous that the members appreciate what we do in trying to meet their needs.” Kevin was noted by the judges for his flexible approach to the catering offered at Sherborne and his willingness to add new services, such as a café on the ninth tee offering halfway house refreshments. His approach has paid dividends both for the clubhouse takings and for the club as a whole. For example, he has attracted more social members to the club as a direct result of some of the private functions he has hosted. The quality of the food at Sherborne, together with Kevin’s ability to train and motivate his staff came though repeatedly in his nominations, of which there were more than any other club in the South West. Kevin and the other regional winners all received their trophies from England Golf Chief Executive, David Joy, and from Richard Fuller, Fuller’s Corporate Affairs Director. The other winners were: national and South East winner, Samantha Hudson of Swaffham Golf Club, Norfolk; Midlands winner David Guest of Halesowen Golf Club, Worcestershire; and North winner, David Prior of Blackley Golf Club, Lancashire. They were chosen after a rigorous judging process. The 2013 Stewards of the Year, Simon and Karen Ward of Wilmslow Golf Club, Cheshire, joined the judges to whittle down the record entry to three finalists from each region. Each of these 12 were visited personally before the four regional winners were selected, having been judged on their commitment, innovation and standard of service and presentation, together with that extra special something which sets them apart. Caption: Kevin Brown (centre) is pictured with Richard Fuller (left) and David Joy.
Volunteers get busy with the spring cleanup at Riverside Gardens Park. Photo by John Burton RED BANK — The mild weather has people thinking about gardening. That’s true for Rumson residents Bob and Karen Hespe. But the garden on their minds, and those of a handful of other volunteers, isn’t their own, but the one in Riverside Gardens Park.As they have done for the past few years, the Hespes will be caring for more than 200 rose bushes planted in the park overlooking the Navesink River.They, some of their friends and members of Rumson Boy Scout Troop 201, were on hand at the park last Saturday morning, to begin this year’s work of clearing, prining and preparing for some additional plantingt.“I was taking a walk through here,” Hespe recalled, “and we saw how much work had to be done here.”The park, which the borough constructed about a dozen years ago, is used in the warmer months for concerts and community events. The community also uses the park for recreation, weddings, photo shoots and school graduations.The park has won awards for its design, but the Hespes long felt that the plantings in the park could use a little TLC.“We spend so much time here,” Karen said, “It’s a nice place to come for a walk and it should look beautiful.”Bob contacted Memone Crystian, the borough’s parks and recreation director requesting permission to care for the plantings and the director gave her permission.Last year the Hespes and their fellow volunteers visited the park to care for the plantings 12 times, he said.Last Saturday they arrived at the park around 9 a.m. to start th spring cleanup.“We just dug and dug and dug out vines and weeds,” Hespe said.The volunteers concentrated on the park’s 240 rose bushes, trimming them a little and cleaning the beds. Thankfully, Bob Hespe explained, rose bushes are pretty hardy. “They need that first hit,” with some pruning, he said, then, “they do their thing.”“We focused just on the roses,” Karen added, “but there are a lot of things growing here and need work.”They would know — the Hespes operate a modest gardening and landscaping business.Sickles Market, Little Silver, donated a few hundred daffodil bulbs for planting in the park, and Bob Hespehopes that after this initial work the garden area will be in good enough shape to need only a once-a-month cleanup. They are hoping to find some additional volunteers to assist their current crop of helpers. “I know it’s a lot of work,” Karen acknowledged, “but it’s so much fun here and so many enjoy it, that it is really satisfying. But we could use more people.”