HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors


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The power forward told Northeast Ohio Media Group in January that he planned to opt in for next season and enter into free agency in the offseason of 2016. If that's his way of showing his commitment to the organization, there's a more profitable way of doing so. Based on his maximum salary numbers, Love could earn on the upwards of $2.5 million additional for next season if he reversed course and opted out. With the NBA's lucrative television deal kicking in for the 2016-17 season, the salary cap is expected to jump massively, approximately in the ballpark of an $85 million-plus range. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavaliers have expressed to Love that they desperately want him back. They didn't trade away the Rookie of the Year in Andrew Wiggins for a one-year Love rental. They're committed to keeping this championship-contending group intact. "I sure hope so," Head Coach David Blatt said of Love returning. "I'm full of hope and nothing I'd like better than to see him back next year." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love needed this postseason. It was his chance to leave an overwhelming positive lasting impression on the season. He admitted that his first year in Cleveland was "so-so." All he needed was 13 more wins and it would have drastically reshaped his narrative and he was well on his way. We spoke briefly about the rest of the field in the playoffs and when I mentioned the Chicago Bulls, his eyes lit up, knowing the Cavaliers were in all likelihood on the verge of a head-on collision with their division rival. "Man, they look good, but I can't get ahead of myself," he said. "They'll be tough. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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"I certainly don't think that Kelly did it on purpose," Ainge said. "I don't even think that that play would have been reviewed more than a foul had Kevin not gotten hurt. But because Kevin did get hurt, the league does evaluate those situations. And I understand a little bit why they did it. "There was a lot of pressure in Cleveland. They were losing J.R. Smith in the first couple games of the next round, and they have Kevin out for the playoffs now. So I'm sure there was a lot of frustration in Cleveland and they wanted some justice. And they scrutinized it, and felt like Kelly gave a little too much at the very end of that arm tangling. "When someone gets hurt, you're just under a little bit more scrutiny. But I thought it was just a foul, two guys going for a loose ball." Booth Newspapers

After getting knocked out of Cleveland's Game 4 win with a shoulder injury -- which required season-ending surgery -- Love said he had "no doubt" Olynyk hurt him on purpose. "I think that that's a little bit over the top," Ainge said Thursday during an end-of-season press conference. "It's understandable in the heat of the battle. I feel bad for Kevin Love because he's waited a long time to get where their team is right now, and now he doesn't get a chance to play." Booth Newspapers

James was also asked if he has spoken to Love about the possibility of him staying with the Cavs. "That's a question that I can't answer right now," James said. "I think that's the last thing on his mind right now. What's on his mind is his shoulder and how disappointed he is, how hurt he is over the fact that he can't play in this postseason. I don't think he's thought about the offseason or what he wants to do. I haven't had that conversation with him, and I shouldn't have to have that conversation with him, especially right now when we're going through this challenge and this battle of trying to win a championship. So I can't answer that question." ESPN.com

April 29, 2015 Updates

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek. Continuing treatment and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health will be conducted by the Cavaliers’ medical staff and Head Team Physician Dr. Richard D. Parker. His projected recovery time is four to six months. NBA.com

April 28, 2015 Updates

In the meantime, Ainge also has a free-agent strategy to formulate. Celtics types were said to be intrigued by a Yahoo report that Boston had grown on Kevin Love as a destination prior to his shoulder-wrenching encounter with Kelly Olynyk on Sunday. But as appealing as a Love signing may sound, the power forward still has to make a decision about opting out of his final year in Cleveland. A league source added that, though the Celtics will target Love again this summer, they believe he will return to the Cavaliers next fall. Cleveland holds Love’s “Bird rights,” and can then sign him for five seasons — one more than any other team. “Cleveland can pay him $30 million more than anyone else,” said the source. Boston Herald

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