Kevin Love appears to quit on Cavs, team to handle matter internally

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It's unlikely you'll see a worse basketball play anytime soon, at least at the NBA level.

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love appeared to quit on his team near the end of the third quarter, when he inbounded the ball in such a lazy manner it was easily stolen, leading to a Toronto Raptors three-pointer... in a then six-point game.

Watch for yourself.

Love did not play the rest of the game, finishing with 11 points and seven rebounds. 

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Rob Perez tried adding some context to the play but still, it does little to excuse the play.

The Lake Oswego native is in the second year of a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers. 

After the game, Cleveland head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said “You’ll have to ask Kevin" when asked about the incident while adding Love apologized to the team.

The next morning, Yahoo! Sports' Chris Haynes reported the organization plans to handle the matter internally.

In a separate report, Haynes wrote "Love’s intent wasn’t to slap the ball inbounds, sources said. Love was frustrated with officials and not his team’s performance, sources said."

The soonest the Cavaliers can trade Love will be this upcoming offseason but he has one of the NBA's worst contracts attached to him, so it's likely any trade would see little, if any, meaningful return coming back to the Cavs.