Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love will reportedly “look around” as a free agent this summer with interest coming from all around the league.
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The Cavs power forward has previously insisted that he wouldn’t be leaving Cleveland this summer, but given that he can opt out of his contract and assess his options, it remains a possibility.
Love has been sidelined since Game 4 of the first round of the playoffs after dislocating his shoulder, and after undergoing surgery he should be back in time to feature at the start of next season.
However, the question remains as to whether or not that will still be in a Cavs jersey, with reports suggesting that he could move on in the off-season if the right move presents itself.
“I think he’s going to look around. I think he’s going to look closely at Boston. I think he’ll look at LA. I’m sure the Texas teams are going to try and get involved,” Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski noted.
“Would he fit potentially in Houston? It seems like every summer, they have the ability to go out and create a max slot, and they do this summer again. They know they have the option to do that.
“I think he’ll be in play. He could stay where he is, but there’s no question he’s going to look long and hard at what his options are.”
It is still difficult to see Love leaving Cleveland, especially given that he will feel as though the job wasn’t complete after not being able to help his team cross the line first given his injury.
It may also be a question of the impact an exit would have on his image as many would question why he would leave LeBron James and the chance of winning championships to start with either a team rebuilding in the Lakers and Celtics or the Rockets who are struggling to make it to that elite level.
Love will in all probability stay with the Cavs for at least another year, but the Lakers and Celtics certainly remain intriguing options to consider.