Kevin Love can officially take his talents elsewhere on July 2
The Cleveland Cavaliers lost the NBA Finals 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors, but not due to a lack of effort from LeBron James. Without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the latter of whom was lost for most of the playoffs after injuring his shoulder in the Cavs’ first round series with Boston, LBJ stood no chance against the historically prolific Western Conference champs. However, with Kyrie Irving, LeBron and the Cavs blew through the rest of the Eastern Conference, sweeping Boston, dropping two to the Bulls and sweeping the Hawks. Their dominant run raised eyebrows nationwide, especially from critics who believed the Cavs should’ve kept Andrew Wiggins, the #1 pick in the 2014 draft and the eventual NBA Rookie of the Year, rather than traded him to the Timberwolves for Love.
Now, the Love situation gets even more interesting. Kevin Love has opted out of his contract with the Cavs, meaning he’ll be a free agent starting next Thursday. Several teams, including New York, Los Angeles and Phoenix are expected to make a push for Love, who’s regarded as the league’s most skilled power forward. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Boston is also expected to make a push for Love, and tease the idea of he and Robin Lopez teaming up with Paul Pierce, who will be back in the city in which he won his only NBA Championship.
Sources: If Kevin Love goes forward with visits in July, expect Boston to sell him on pursuing group of Love, Robin Lopez and…Paul Pierce.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 24, 2015
Love’s individual numbers took a dip this season, which isn’t alarming considering he played alongside two proven scorers. In his final season with the Timberwolves however, Love, the team’s #1 offensive option, averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds and 4.4 assists, earning him All-NBA Second Team honors.