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Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love has dismissed speculation that he is considering opting-out and joining the Los Angeles Lakers next year.
A media report last week claimed that the 26-year-old had plans to opt out of his current contract at the end of the season in order to join the Lakers and return to LA after spending his college years in the city.
Meanwhile, Love also caused controversy along with current teammate Kyrie Irving for their celebratory handshake after the win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.
The former Minnesota Timberwolves star moved to dismiss all sorts of speculation when speaking to the media on Friday, including how he was not close to joining the Celtics this past summer either.
“Going to the Lakers, no, that’s not [true],” Love said. “I don’t know where somebody got that.”
Love has an early termination option in his contract that has inevitably led to speculation that he will exercise it this summer in order to sign a new deal.
However, he has dismissed the suggestion that he could leave Cleveland for now, although it remains to be seen what the future holds this year as the Cavaliers go in search of winning a championship with their ‘Big Three’.
In addition, Love dismissed talk that he was close to joining the Celtics earlier this year, as even though he respects the city and its fans and attended a Red Sox game, he claims that it had nothing to do with discussing a move to join Rajon Rondo and Co.
“The fact is, my agent is a big Red Sox fan. I’d been planning on that for a long time to come in and check out not only the city, but a Red Sox game, and we had a great time and we plan on coming back.
“It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer. I have potential to be a free agent this summer or next. It’s just one of those things. It’s obviously a tremendous city. People love it here. Basketball and sports in general are huge here, but it’s been fantastic being a part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that’s formidable, has a big presence and we see a lot of you guys [in the media] on a daily basis.”