HoopsHype Kevin Love rumors


May 7, 2015 Updates

Strangely, Love continues to rebuff Olynyk. He isn't interested in the call, refusing to ease Olynyk's guilt. For now, Love is a spectator to this Cavaliers playoff run, a player who is probably more missed on these Cavaliers now than he had ever been appreciated this season. "It's so unfortunate that [the appreciation] has to come when he goes down," Blatt told Yahoo Sports. "Kevin, in his own way, sacrificed the most this season, but still gave us a high-level performance. And he needs to be appreciated for that. And going forward, hopefully, he's going to have a long career here." Yahoo! Sports

May 6, 2015 Updates

The Cavaliers canceled a plan to give away 20,000 arm slings to fans to show support for injured starting forward Kevin Love, who is out for the rest of the NBA playoffs. Love underwent surgery last week after his left shoulder was dislocated when his arm was yanked from the socket by Boston center Kelly Olynyk in Cleveland's series-clinching win in the opening round. The Cavs intended to hand out the slings, adorned with a sponsor's name, during their Eastern Conference semifinal series against Chicago but scrapped the idea. NBA.com

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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

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