HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors


January 21, 2015 Updates

Well, the former L.A. Cleveland High and USC product grew up idolizing the Lakers and remembers how customary it became for them to host championship parades. But the man who playfully labeled himself this season as the NBA’s best all-time shooter also argued he will play a significant role this offseason in helping the Lakers attract marquee free agents. “I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young told the L.A. News Group shortly after the Lakers’ loss on Monday to the Phoenix Suns. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 20, 2015 Updates
January 19, 2015 Updates

Kevin Love says he expects to play tonight when the Cavaliers host the Chicago Bulls. Love missed Friday’s victory at the Los Angeles Clippers after struggling to get through Thursday’s win over the Lakers because of back problems. But he made it through practice on Sunday after a long five-hour flight Saturday from Los Angeles. “Couple pillows lodged under my back, some meds and then try to get up and stretch a few times,” Love said. “When it’s a 4-5 hour flight, that’s never good. It’s not always good for your body, but for your back it’s really, really tough. We have a great training staff here that’s going to keep me ready.” Akron Beacon Journal

January 17, 2015 Updates

The last three weeks have been an agonizing period for the team and especially for Blatt. That's why the players agreed that a few hours out on the town attempting to bowl strikes was a great call by Blatt. "I think it was a surprise for most guys," Kevin Love said. "It just helped so much. We all needed a break from it all." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 16, 2015 Updates
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"It's tough," Scott told USA TODAY Sports about Blatt's situation after Lakers practice on Wednesday afternoon. "Players in this league tend to respect guys that they've seen who have accomplished things in this league, so that makes it a little bit more easier for myself, who has played. But I've also coached on this level as well. So yeah, a first-year coach like David, it's going to be tough. Even though you have probably the best player in the NBA on your team (LeBron James) and two other guys (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) who are pretty damned good too, you still have a big-time challenge." USA Today Sports

The issue was front and center on Tuesday night, when James' decision to shove his coach aside while they argued with an official couldn't have been more poorly timed even if his intent wasn't what so many assumed it to be. James said he was merely protecting his coach from getting a technical foul, and Blatt said he appreciated the gesture. "With any coach, you go into a situation like that and the first thing you have to do is earn their respect," Scott said. "And that's tough sometimes, so he's in a very unique situation because of the fact that he hasn't coached in the NBA. But he's coaching some of the biggest stars in the NBA, and there's a lot of pressure on them. Everybody damned near picked them to win the championship, so that's just that much more added pressure. ... It's a tough situation." USA Today Sports

January 14, 2015 Updates

All things considered, Monday was — by some sad relative measure — a good day for Blatt. Love could have easily fed the fire, reacting with indignation to the social media fervor that Blatt's comment caused rather than taking the mature approach that he opted for instead. He spoke with his coach about the situation, withholding judgment until he learned of the context (imagine that) and ultimately deeming this a non-story. "(The reaction) is just the way of the world, and it didn't bother me," Love said in bottom-line terms. USA Today Sports

"I don't pay a lot of attention to social media, but I think my comment was either misunderstood or misconstrued," Blatt said after the team's practice at Grand Canyon University. "I was simply saying that with our team he does not have a max contract because we're not allowed to talk to him about anything until after the season was over (when Love can be a free agent). That's where I was going with that. I think that's very unfortunate the way that turn happened. That's the way of the world sometimes I guess I've got to be clearer in my thoughts." USA Today Sports

January 13, 2015 Updates

Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten off to a mediocre 19-19 start, power forward Kevin Love told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Tuesday that he plans to forgo free agency this summer and opt in with the Cavaliers for the 2015-16 season. "I think that we will figure it out here, so I don't plan on opting out or any of that," Love told NEOMG. "I plan on being here. As far as leaving my options open, I mean sure, it's always there. At the end of the day, it's always good to have something but no, I plan on being here." By picking up his $16.7 million player option for 2015-16, Love, 26, would stay with the Cavs until at least the summer of 2016. That would allow him to sign a new contract just in time to tap into the expected spike in television revenue before the 2016-17 season. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love says he's committed to the Cavaliers organization and stressed that while he's still trying to find his niche with the team, it will have no bearing on his future arrangements. "I've said all along that I plan on being a Cavalier long-term," Love said without hesitation. "As we continue to evolve, my role will continue to evolve. It's still a process where I'm figuring it out." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The city of Cleveland may start to see glimpses of Love roaming the streets, surveying the landscape. Love, who admits to being a "homebody," says he's challenging himself to step out of his comfort zone to integrate with the community. Last week at Cleveland's East Tech High School, he launched a a program intended to inspire students to perform acts of kindness and volunteerism. "It takes me a while," he said. "When I was in Minnesota I had to figure out the city because I wasn't going anywhere with my teammates really. If they were going out to dinner or going out after games, I would stay home. Eventually I was able to make friends there outside of the team, and I'll probably do that in Cleveland as well." Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 12, 2015 Updates

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