Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love has given the impression that he isn’t entirely satisfied with the role he is currently playing for the team.
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Love joined the Cavs last summer to complete their feared ‘Big Three’ along with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but it hasn’t always quite worked out for the former Minnesota Timberwolves star.
The 26-year-old is considered their third option on offense, and he struggled during Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks in a game in which he was asked to stay on the perimeter and shoot from beyond the arc.
Although he has always insisted that he is committed to Cleveland, it remains to be seen whether or not his current role will raise doubts ahead of free agency this summer, as Love admits that he is merely just doing what’s asked of him even though he would like more touches in the post.
“I heard some people calling me that but I know I’m not a stretch-four,” Love said, Cleveland.com reports.
“I’m a post player that can shoot. Right now I’m just doing what I’m called to do. For good, bad or indifferent, I’m playing my role and doing what’s asked of me. Tonight, I stayed out on the perimeter.”
Love is taking 8.1 threes per game in his last seven games, and there is a general sense in those comments that he isn’t particularly happy with the way he is being utilised currently.
The former Timberwolves star has insisted all season that he is open to signing with the Cavs long-term, but his role isn’t likely to change any time soon with Irving and James dominating possession, and so disappointment both individually and as a team could sway his choice in the coming months if things don’t go to plan for Cleveland.