Kevin Love joined Cleveland Cavaliers one year ago during summer trade. But Love has elected to opt out of his last-year contract worth $16.7 million, according to ESPN. Now the star power forward is available in the market as a free agent.
Earlier in January, Love said he didn’t want to decline the contract. The recent move is intended at prolonging his stay with Cleveland on a new deal and was quite inevitable, as the other two paths on the table didn’t make much sense for the 26-year-old power forward. Love can now eye a long-term maximum contract with the Cavaliers.
The Cavs management, on the other side, were expecting this and are eager to re-sign the former All-Star forward on a new deal. Love couldn’t display his best during his first season at Cleveland due to a shoulder injury he sustained against Boston Celtics in the first round of the playoffs which ruled him out for the rest of the tournament.
Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics might bet on Love in free agency, according to sources. Portland Trail Blazers might also have a go at him as a replacement of LaMarcus Aldridge, who’s expected to quit the franchise.
LeBron James may also opt out of the existing contract to re-sign a new deal with the Cavs.