Kevin Love has been a decent contributor this season for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is averaging 16.4 points per game and 9.7 rebounds on the season. He has had his share of highs a lows this season, especially when it seemed that he and team leader LeBron James were butting heads.
Kevin Love has a big decision to make this off season. Love has a player option for next season, and can decline the offer, regardless if he wants to stay in Cleveland or not. Love has made it known that he wants to keep his talents in Cleveland.
The Lakers are now the lead team trying to make the play for Kevin Love. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported on the situation:
For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with his role, nor his connection to those around him. Throughout the year, league sources say, one destination grew in possibility as his exit strategy: The Boston Celtics. Boston has been no sure thing to lure Love, but it had a better shot than most had believed. If Love left the Cavaliers, the Celtics had closed the gap on the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
A big factor has come into play for the Celtics after last night’s Game 4 sweep as Kelly Olynyk injured Love’s shoulder during the game. This could really hurt their chances for the UCLA star, but they are not counted out yet. With Love having to miss up to two weeks, this could hurt his chances to deepen his connection with Cavalier players.
Kevin Love has plenty of time to make his decision, but expect the Celtics, who went after him last year, to fight for him again.
The Lakers, meanwhile, are a team we know that will try to make a play this summer for a high caliber player, and it just may be Kevin Love.