Tag: Kevin Love

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Report: Kevin Love to meet with Lakers later in week


For a guy who repeatedly said he was committed to the Cavaliers and wanted to stay with Cleveland, it’s an interesting development that he has started to flirt with other teams.

Kevin Love is going to meet with the Lakers this week, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.

The Lakers have always been the front-runner to land Kevin Love if he bolts Cleveland. He has ties in Los Angeles and went to college there. However, Los Angeles is not the only team looking to get its foot in the door with Love.

Love is a perennial All-Star and one of the elite offensive power forwards in the game, able to score inside and drain the three. Plus he is a beast on the boards and the best outlet passer in the game. He would fit in anywhere.

Like a guy flirting at a bar with a pretty woman, this doesn’t mean it’s going anywhere. Love and the Lakers (and maybe others) are just talking.

But Love said he was committed to the Cavaliers. This flirtation could be the first step to something more.

Report: Lakers among four teams interested in Iman Shumpert

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The Cavaliers have a lot going on with their roster this summer. While most of the maneuvering will be focused on re-signing LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, there are deals of some of the team’s role players that will similarly need to be addressed.

J.R. Smith declined his player option to become an unrestricted free agent, and it’s possible he could be back under the right set of circumstances.

Things are perhaps less certain with Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova because of their restricted status, which may lead them to seek out offer sheets worth more money than Cleveland is willing to commit. In Shumpert’s case, he already has a short list of teams that have expressed interest.

Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders:

The Cavaliers can obviously match any offer Shumpert may receive, but it’s worth wondering how high they’ll go. Cap space will be limited once Thompson gets paid, and while Shumpert is an above average defender, he was part of a group that couldn’t buy a bucket during the Finals, shooting just 11-of-43 from the field in the six-game series.

Report: Sense around league is Kevin Love will re-sign with Cavaliers

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More and more, people around the league are getting the idea Kevin Love meant what he said, and he said what he meant:

That he plans to remain a Cleveland Cavalier.

Other teams — the Lakers, Knicks, Celtics, Trail Blazers and more — are going to come calling on July 1 when free agency opens. There remains some doubt whether those teams would even get a meeting with Love.

Cleveland is in the drivers’ seat to retain him, especially if they offer a long-term max contract, something Brian Windhorst of ESPN says they will.

Though they cannot formally make an offer until Wednesday, sources say that the Cavs for months have planned to extend a five-year, maximum contract for Love in excess of $110 million despite his shoulder and back injuries last season.

Love may speak to other teams next week, but there is a growing belief across the league that he will back up statements made throughout the season and return to the Cavs. Several sources close to Love have indicated he is likely to stay in Cleveland.

I have said from the start the question is not if Love would return, rather, the question was what kind of deal he would sign.

The Cavaliers want to lock down Love for five years at the max under the current salary cap — five years and $110 million will seem a good deal once the cap spikes with television money after the year. Even if the Cavaliers wanted to go another direction, that contract would not be hard to move.

But just like LeBron James, Love may eye a share of that big television money.

He likely will request an opt out in a year or two (or three at most), so his options remain open.

Either way, expect Love and the Cavaliers to reach a deal. The only question is exactly what it will be.

And how he will fit in with Tristan Thompson, who the Cavaliers also will re-sign (which is why LeBron is playing this “hold out” game with the Cavs).