The Cavaliers paid a big price for Kevin Love last summer, and he’s now a moving target thanks to opting out of his contract this week.
When the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired Kevin Love last summer, the idea was that he’d gel with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, forming an unstoppable trio that would bring the city it’s first NBA title ever. That didn’t happen — in fact it was so far away from that endgame that it’s almost incredible to consider how the Cavaliers got to the NBA Finals.
Love was injured in the first-round of the postseason and missed the next three series, but there was already tension between Love and the Cavaliers well before that. His attitude was called into question numerous times and his relationship with LeBron James was less than amicable.
Now the focus has shifted to Love being a free agent, as he’s officially made a decision on what he wants to do this summer. According to Marc Stein from ESPN.com, Love will opt out of his current deal with the Cavaliers and pursue a new deal in the offseason.
Free agency opens on July 1st and contracts can’t be officially signed until eight days later, but there will be plenty of buzz between now and then about where Love will go. Indications early on were that he’d opt out to sign a bigger deal with the Cavaliers, but with the safety net of an option now off the table, Love will be courted by the Knicks, Celtics, Rockets and Lakers among man others.
This is a fork in the road for the Cavaliers, as they need to pay Kevin Love a max contract, need to shore up things with LeBron James and find out ways to keep J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.
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