Kevin Love opts out of contract with Cavaliers
Kevin Love has just notified the Cleveland Cavaliers that he has decided to opt out of his contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent. Love is opting out of a contract that would’ve paid him $16.7 in 2016.
It is being reported that the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics, and Portland Trailblazers are all going to pursue Love this summer in hopes of making a championship run.
The Cavaliers’ main goal this offseason was to retain Love and Tristan Thompson, but it looks like Love is leaving Cleveland after only one season that ended prematurely. Now the Cavaliers are going to have be creative in finding pieces to fit around LeBron James to try to win a championship.
I am confused as to why Love is leaving because he told the media after his injury, “Yes. I want to win,” after being asked in he will return next season. Love seemed genuine when he said this in his interview, but it seems he has had second thoughts on his comments.
This could be Love’s way of testing the market to make the Cavaliers give him more money, which is what the Cavaliers are hoping is happening. But this could give the Cavaliers the cap space to try to go sign another play-maker.
If Love does sign elsewhere, the Cavaliers are going to have to look elsewhere to replace Love, like potentially signing LaMarcus Aldridge from Portland.
The Cavaliers are going to have to go and try to convince Love to stay, or try to sign someone who can replace him.
This is just my thinking here, but Dwayne Wade hasn’t responded to the Heat if he will return in 2016. Could Wade and James be hooking up once again, but this time in Cleveland? We will just have to wait and see what the Cavaliers do.