HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors

November 21, 2014 Updates
November 20, 2014 Updates

It appears Miami's Chris Bosh is a prophet because Kevin Love is having a tough time adjusting to his new role and too often the Cavs are simply forgetting about one of the premier talents in the league. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said as he soaked his feet in ice after the game as he usually does. "It's just one of those things. We're 10 games in. I think everyone knew coming in that we would have to sacrifice. At some point we are going to need some low-post scoring and outside shooting." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love is trying to stay positive publicly, but his frustration within this system is beginning to show. Love is shooting .389, which would rank as the second-lowest shooting percentage of his career. The only time it was lower was 2012-13 when a broken hand limited him to just 18 games and he shot .352. His field-goal percentage in every other season has been at least 45 percent. Akron Beacon Journal

November 17, 2014 Updates

A few feet away from where Miller was talking, Love was explaining the infamous moustache sharpening routine with Irving and the unsourced speculation that he was already thinking about opting out and signing with the Lakers. "Whatever people assumed we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers next year," Love said. "I mean, I don't know why it was so hard for people to realize that we were actually curling our mustache. I guess because I had my fingers in the wrong place. Looking at the tape, film don't lie. It looks like we are doing something bad, but that wasn't the case. Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where somebody got that." SB Nation

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Love-to-Los Angeles talk has dragged on for years and apparently the trade to the Cavs won’t squelch it. Love laughed off the idea Friday, but the simple fact remains he most likely will indeed become a free agent this summer. The salary cap and looming television deal beg him to do it. This isn’t meant to incite panic amongst Cavs fans. The organization only made the deal for Love after he chatted with owner Dan Gilbert, who left satisfied the Cavs had a long-term commitment from Love and the trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves quickly fell into place. Still today, the Cavs as an organization have no fears of Love abandoning the plan now. Akron Beacon Journal

So, yes, Love will most likely become a free agent at the end of the season. The Cavs knew this was coming when they traded for him. They surrendered quite a haul — two No. 1 overall picks and a third first-rounder, in exchange for one guaranteed season. Love and James’ current contracts run parallel, and that is most likely going to continue throughout their years together. Both want to again be free agents prior to the 2016-17 season, when salaries could explode with the new TV deal. Akron Beacon Journal

When he was asked before Friday’s game about his trip to Boston last summer and how much consideration he gave to joining the Celtics, Love gave an interesting answer. “It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer,” he said. “I have the potential to be a free agent this summer or next, it’s just one of those things. It [Boston] is obviously a tremendous city, people love it here, basketball, sports in general are huge here, but it’s been fantastic being part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that is formidable, has a big presence and we see a lot of you guys [the media] on a daily basis.” Akron Beacon Journal

November 14, 2014 Updates

Kevin Love denied a report he’s interested in joining the Lakers next season while poking fun at all the attention his handshake with Kyrie Irving has received. “Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers,” Love said Friday. “Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where someone got that.” Akron Beacon Journal

Love said he was unclear whether Boston ever qualified as a realistic possibility over the summer. “I don’t know. It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer,” he said. “Potential to be a free agent this summer or next. It’s just one of those things. It’s obviously a tremendous city; people love it here. Basketball and sports in general are huge here. But it’s been fantastic being a part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that’s formidable, has a big presence, and we see a lot of you guys (media) on a daily basis.” Booth Newspapers

November 12, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers say a postgame handshake between All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were miming imaginary mustaches and didn't include them pretending to smoke a marijuana joint. Following Monday's win over New Orleans, TV cameras captured Irving and Love doing a choreographed handshake, which ended with the two players bringing their right hands to the corner of their mouths with thumbs and index fingers together. Some fans reacted on social media and blogs by saying they were imitating smoking a joint. NBA.com

November 11, 2014 Updates
November 10, 2014 Updates

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 NBA.com

November 6, 2014 Updates

But, in an alternate universe, Hollins already could have been working elsewhere , had the Timberwolves — one of several teams, including the Lakers, that spoke to Hollins this offseason — worked out a deal with him. That didn’t happen, though, and part-owner and team president of basketball operations Flip Saunders returned to the sidelines to coach the team instead, a decision Saunders said he made because of the uncertainty at the time surrounding the status of superstar forward Kevin Love. “We talked a lot about it,” Saunders said before his Timberwolves beat the Nets 98-91 in Brooklyn. “I think Lionel is a great coach. … But that whole thing was because of the Love situation. There was too much of the unknowns. Lionel, he’s a team who took a team to a conference finals, I thought that he was going to go to a veteran type team, and I couldn’t guarantee him that would be this type of team. New York Post

November 5, 2014 Updates

Waiters' role with this team has been the most critiqued. Some believe that since there's no one on the bench capable of creating his own shot, the addition of Waiters in a reserve role would add a much-needed punch. In that role, he would be allowed the freedom to provide instant offense and play-making ability. I approached this theory to Waiters and he expounded on why it's not that simple. "I'm still going to be out there with two or three players," Waiters explained to NEOMG, referring to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "If I come off the bench in the first quarter, at least two of those guys are going to play the whole first quarter regardless. So it doesn't really matter. That's what people don't understand." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 4, 2014 Updates

"Mixed reaction. That's always going to happen. That's just how it goes sometimes. It gives me a good smile. I know I got a lot of supporters and a lot of people that really love the Blazers and love what they do. It's gonna be us against the world, everywhere we play. It's not only gonna be Portland because of me, we're gonna be taking everybody's best shot because of the talent that we have and we're one of the teams to beat in the league – as are the Blazers." Oregonian

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