Kevin Love is in a very favorable situation now.
He is with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the pre-season title favorites and he’s playing with LeBron James, the best player in the world.
But are those enough to make him stay?
Love is not signed to an extension, opting to become a free agent when the season ends.
While it is understood that this is because of financial considerations, the truth is, nothing can stop him from signing with another team if he so desires.
This is exactly what renowned sportswriter Sam Smith of Bulls.com insinuates: “It’s not going to get as much discussion during the season, but one of the biggest issues for the Cavs is that both LeBron James and Kevin Love own opt outs after this season.
LeBron James basically cannot afford to go anywhere after his return to Cleveland.
But watch out for Love.
Indications are he will seriously consider the opt out and has his eyes on a return to Los Angeles, where he attended college and where the Lakers long have had him on their free agent wish list.” Why would anyone leave Cleveland? This early, there are already some chemistry issues between LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
If these two continue their power struggle, where does that leave Love? However, it can be argued that a team like the Cavs which went through a near complete overhaul during the summer will naturally have growing pains.
Once they start winning (and they recently had a convincing victory) the news will be filled with title aspirations again.
Still, there is a nagging uncertainty above this team-and the city of Cleveland.
From USA Today: “Let’s assume for a moment that Cleveland, like Miami in LeBron’s first year with a super team, doesn’t win a championship this year.
Also assume the Cavaliers continue to struggle with their identity and roles.
It’s LeBron’s team, yet Love has been the better player.
The unfulfilling season ends, Love has the option of moving, and Los Angeles offers him the most money.
Why wouldn’t he take that deal? We all would take that deal.” Nothing is certain until there’s a signature on the dotted line.
For Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers, there is none at the moment.