Miami Heat great Alonzo Mourning has revealed his belief that Kevin Love will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers at the end of this season.
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Love hasn’t had the best times in Cleveland this season, as he has been left disappointed with various aspects of his role on the team and his own form.
The 26-year-old is averaging 16.8 points per game on 43 percent shooting, 10 points down from last season, and he has publicly revealed that he isn’t getting the ball where he wants it.
The Cavs have used him as a stretch-four for long periods, and the former Minnesota Timberwolves star has insisted that is not his preferred role and that he wants more touches in the post.
Given that this team is becoming more and more reliant on both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, Love’s role could continue to suffer. As a result, Mourning believes that he will be out at the end of the season.
“Then you’ve got Kevin Love, who’s not happy at all. He’s outta there,” he said in a Q&A with SLAM.
“I think he’s probably going to go to LA. I could see that.”
Heat star Chris Bosh warned us at the start of the year that this could happen, while Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor made his feelings clear on the matter after Love departed.
However, it remains to be seen whether or not he opts to leave after just one year and things could dramatically change for the good if coach David Blatt is able to find the right balance which leads them to a championship this season.
Love is a free agent this summer but he will likely want to sign a short-term deal in order to make the most of the salary cap spike in 2016. The Lakers have been linked with a move previously, but it will be up to the All-Star power forward as to whether or not he wants to quit Cleveland after just one season and start a new challenge elsewhere where he will be a happier man.