The NBA free agency period hasn’t begun yet, but that hasn’t slowed the “What will Kevin Love do?” speculation.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Love is expected to take a long, hard look at his options this summer as he enters the free-agent market.
“He’s got options,” Wojnarowski said in a radio appearance on The Jason McIntyre Show on Yahoo Sports Radio. “He could stay another year (by not opting out) and go into free agency next year. But he’s had injuries, and he might just want to sign a four-year deal somewhere else.”
“I think he’s going to look around,” Wojnarowski said. “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.”
Wojnarowski points to Love’s relationship with Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale as a dark horse possibility. “If you remember, he really liked Kevin McHale in Minnesota. 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.”
Love saw his regular-season averages dip significantly from last year, when he was the Minnesota Timberwolves’ primary offensive weapon. In 2013-14, he averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds. This season, seen as the Cavaliers’ third option, Love averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds. Those are respectable numbers by most standards, but it was reported several times throughout the season that Love was less than thrilled with his reduced role on Cleveland’s roster.
While it seemed Love was finding his groove in the Cavs’ first-round series against the Boston Celtics, the shoulder injury he suffered may have thrown a wrench into his offseason plans.
Love has until June 30 to notify the Cavs of whether he intends to exercise his player option for next season or become a free agent this summer.