Kevin Love Rumors

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Kevin Love
Position: F-C
Born: 09/07/88
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $21,165,675
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The Cavs are happy to talk to Wade, but they don’t have a lot of options without dramatically overhauling the roster. As of now, they can only offer Wade the taxpayer’s midlevel exception worth $3.47 million. He can command more than $20 million annually from other teams in free agency. The Cavs can’t offer Wade that much without a dramatic move, such as trading Kevin Love. Not even dumping Iman Shumpert and his $9.7 million will free up the necessary cap space to pursue Wade with anything other than the taxpayer’s midlevel.
For each player, winning the NBA title meant something different. In Love’s case, it was validation, silencing critics that wondered whether he was something more than a stat-stuffer in Minnesota. It was his chance to be on The Finals stage after missing most of the Cavaliers’ postseason run in 2015 following surgery on his left shoulder. “To be back, it was pretty surreal,” Love said while reflecting on his Finals absence last year. “I remember Game 1 was actually in Oakland against the Warriors and having seen that game and having felt the energy there, I never wanted to be in a game so bad. To be back, it was surreal, it was unbelievable. To win Game 7, all the odds stacked against us, being down 3-1, having the major comeback, no team has ever done it. It was surreal.”
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Free agency is just one part of the equation for the cap-strapped Cavaliers. There’s also the question about whether Richard Jefferson, who has teased fans about holding off retirement, will play one more year. Then, of course, Kevin Love’s future remains a constant talking point despite Tyronn Lue expressing his desire for the starting power forward to return. “I think our best basketball is in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together,” Griffin said. “I expect you’re going to see better play from Kyrie Irving who I think took a huge jump as both an individual talent and a winner throughout these playoffs. I think Kevin’s fit with us is much more clearly defined. We intend to keep this group together and see what we’re capable of.”
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Kevin Love: Those of you who know Champ will appreciate this… I’d like to tribute the best teammate I’ve ever had, James Jones aka Champ. You taught me more than you know the past 2 years— what it takes to win, how to be a better teammate, how to balance the good/bad off the court, and most importantly…putting team first. Sacrifice for the better of the team, and in order to lead sometimes you have to learn to follow. You’ve been to 6 straight Finals. You’ve been the constant presence we needed in the locker room. You’re the ultimate work horse. The lessons you taught me will stay with me for the rest of my career and life after basketball.