Tag: Kevin Love

Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers

Report: Marc Gasol ‘expected’ to stay with Grizzlies


LeBron James tops the list of players who can become unrestricted free agents this summer, but who will almost certainly remain with their current teams.

Kevin Love may very well be a close second.

After that, you look at guys whose contracts are already up, and where no opt-out is required in order to test the free agent market.

Right after LeBron and Love, we have Marc Gasol.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Gasol is expected to stay with the Grizzlies, but no final decision has been made, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Gasol could command a four-year max contract essentially wherever he wants. And, he’s been open about the fact that he intends to listen to what other teams have to offer.

But Memphis has the ability to provide him with a fifth year on a max deal that no other team can, and when you combine that with Gasol’s longtime affinity for the city of Memphis and the fact that the Grizzlies are expected to remain competitive for years to come, it’s difficult to envision him ultimately choosing to play anywhere else.

Cavaliers GM expects LeBron James and Kevin Love to both opt out, become free agents, stay with Cavs


The Cavaliers exceeded expectations this year, especially once both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were lost at different points in the playoffs with season-ending injuries.

Theoretically, if the team had remained fully healthy, there’s no telling how things may have played out. There’s hope in Cleveland to see about that next year, but there’s a lot of uncertainty with regard to the future of the roster.

LeBron James and Kevin Love have player options for next season, and can both choose to become unrestricted free agents. Cavaliers GM David Griffin says he expects them to do exactly that — before ultimately re-signing.

From Jason Lloyd of Ohio.com:

Griffin said Thursday he expects both James and Kevin Love to become free agents later this month and expects both to return next season. Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will receive qualifying offers, making them restricted free agents that will allow the Cavs to match any offers they receive in free agency. Griffin would like to keep all three, essentially maintaining the core of a team that won 53 games and advanced to the Finals for the second time in team history.

“We very much intend to keep this group together,” Griffin said. “You look at that as a group that has the potential to be special, special good.”

The most likely outcome for James is for him to opt out to get a raise of a few million dollars for next season on a max deal under the increased salary cap, while once again keeping a player option on a deal for the following season. This type of structure will continue to give James a maximum amount of earning potential, while keeping the pressure on the Cavaliers franchise to continue to make improvements to the roster at the very same time.

Things are far less clear where Love is concerned. He could structure his next contract in similar fashion, and that may make the most sense. But if he were to want to lock down some financial security for the future with something approaching a five-year contract worth the max, the franchise would have a difficult decision on its hands.

There are role-players like J.R. Smith who will more than likely opt out as well, and there are restricted free agents Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova who the Cavaliers have the right to retain, but may choose not to if the market dictates a higher-than-expected value for their services.

There’s work to be done with this Cavaliers roster, in order to bulletproof it for the rigors of next season. It all starts with LeBron and Love, however, and how they choose to structure their next deals will be extremely interesting to watch.

Report: NBA executives believe Kevin Love and LaMarcus Aldridge most likely high-profile free agents to change teams

Cleveland Cavaliers v Portland Trail Blazers

A report emerged last month Kevin Love would explore the market as a free agent this summer.

He said he’d stay with the Cavaliers.

Then he said it again.


Brian Windhorst of ESPN:

Of all of the high-profile free agents this summer, executives still believe Love and LaMarcus Aldridge are the likeliest to be willing to change teams.

I still believe Love will stay in Cleveland, but it’s not difficult to the see the reasons he might leave:

  • It is and will be LeBron James’ team. Love is even playing third fiddle behind Kyrie Irving.
  • David Blatt doesn’t maximize Love’s skill set by using him so often as just a spot-up shooter.
  • The Cavaliers’ playoff success after Love’s injury will only intensify the scrutiny he faces. If they stumble at all with him, many will see him as the variable and blame him.
  • Cleveland is far from the biggest market.

Of course, there are reasons to stay – money and the best chance to win chief among them. It’s just that the decision isn’t automatic.

Aldridge has much more transparently signaled his desire to look around. At this point, nobody doubt that – though I’d predict Trail Blazers over any single team for where he begins next season.

But Love’s plans draw more contention.

It’s possible these NBA executives are wrong and Love is steadfastly committed to Cleveland. NBA executives are wrong all the time.

Perhaps, they’re relying on public set of circumstances we see and jumping to conclusions. But anyone with a vested interest in Love’s next team must ask themselves: Do these executives know additional information that we don’t? That goes a long way in determining the alert level for Love leaving.

PBT Podcast: Golden State earns NBA title, but did Iguodala earn MVP?


Storylines flip quickly in an NBA Finals. Matthew Dellavedova went from being the next mayor of Cleveland — or so it seemed — to a non-entity over the course of three games. LeBron James could have, and should have, bettered his legacy in a loss. Stephen Curry went from hearing “what is wrong with his game?” to “why wasn’t he named MVP?”

The Golden State Warriors are your NBA champion and in this latest PBT Podcast, we’ve got PBT’s Kurt Helin and Brett Pollakoff, plus NBCSports’ Dominic Ridgard breaking down what how the Warriors flipped the series. Then we get into the maybe hottest topic out of the Finals: Did Andre Iguodala deserve to be MVP? We also get into what this means for the future of the Cavaliers — is Kevin Love going to stay for next season? For the long term?

Also, we briefly touch on the trade that sent Lance Stephenson to the Clippers.

Listen to the podcast below or you can listen and subscribe via iTunes.

Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith says he’ll probably opt out of contract

2015 NBA Finals - Game Six

At some point, J.R. Smith will finish his Coors Light, get off his motorized wheels and attend to the business at hand.

Namely, his $6,399,750 player option.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

In a vacuum, there’s a case either way for Smith’s option.

At one point, Cavaliers coach David Blatt called Smith a “godsend.” More recently, Smith assessed his play as “horsesh—.”

Both are apt.

Smith is erratic, capable of both getting hot from beyond the arc and destructively moping on both ends of the floor.

He might not draw $6.4 million on the open market, but this could be a good time for Smith to lock into a long-term deal. He’ll turn 30 before next season, and he’s coming off an NBA Finals run – which tends to inflate players’ values.

But the elephant in the room is LeBron James.

LeBron and Smith seemed to click after Smith’s midseason trade from the Knicks. LeBron has spoken positively of Smith numerous times, and vice versa. They have each other’s backs.

And if LeBron has your back, you can probably get a nice contract from the Cavaliers. They’d surely rather pay Smith than risk upsetting LeBron.

If it helps them talk themselves into giving Smith a lucrative long-term deal, his spot-up shooting fits well around LeBron (and Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love). Smith makes Cleveland better, and even if the Cavs let him walk, they wouldn’t have cap room anyway. Re-signing Smith is nearly entirely about how much Dan Gilbert is willing to spend on this team – and that’s about keeping LeBron happy.

In LeBron, Smith has more than enough protection to opt out.