The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly have a legitimate fear that Kevin Love will leave them this summer as a free agent, with speculation continuing to rumble on.
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Love has repeatedly insisted that he will remain in Cleveland amid rumours linking him with the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics in particular.
The former Minnesota Timberwolves star has committed his future to the Cavs despite having the option of becoming a free agent this summer, although there is of course time for him to change his mind still.
Having been ruled out of the entire post-season with a shoulder injury, Love is being forced to watch on as his team-mates continue to battle to get to their ultimate goal of winning a championship this year.
However, the latest theory offered by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, is that Love’s inability to contribute to their run will see him frustrated by his lack of big moments which could have swayed his decision to stay with the Cavs.
Had he been healthy, the 26-year-old will undoubtedly have played a key role in the Eastern Conference semi-finals against the Chicago Bulls, but now he will never know and that could make him consider what else is out there.
“He’s going to look at free agency, I think he’s going to look at other teams. He can always opt in and go into free agency next summer where there’s even a bigger pool of money. But there’s a legitimate fear within the Cavs that he will just walk,” Wojnarowski noted.
There are numerous arguments to support Love deciding to stay in Cleveland, and ultimately that is what many believe he will do at least for another year.
Not only will he want to stay with a team capable of winning a championship immediately, but he did start to figure out his role after averaging 18 points and nine rebounds through the first three playoff games. As a result, expect the long-time Lakers target to stay with the Cavs for another year and then perhaps consider his options in greater depth.