Ever since the Cleveland Cavaliers have been in a rebuild, the speculation about whether Kevin Love will get moved has been constant.
Ever since LeBron James departed to the Los Angeles Lakers, Love is on a Cavaliers team that has been a constant lottery team and nowhere near the championship team he initially joined in 2014.
The 33-year-old showed flashes of his old former self in a win against the Denver Nuggets with 22 points off the bench. In five games, Love is averaging 10.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in Cleveland.
If the Cavaliers don’t go far in the 2021-22 season; so far, they are 3-2, there’s some chatter that the Los Angeles Lakers are waiting on Love and would reunite Love with his former teammate in LeBron.
Love is in the third year of a four-year, $120 million deal with the Cavaliers. He’s on hook for $31 million this season and $28 million next season; a deal that doesn’t exactly make sense for a young, rebuilding team like Cleveland and one that isn’t expected to win a championship anytime soon.
If Love were to be the next veteran to jump to the Lakers, and quite frankly, they can use him, it would make sense.
Love can still score and shoot from the three, although it’s not the most crucial thing for him to score. He can rebound, and that’s always been of his strongest assets to any team has been. Even off the bench; seven rebounds per game is a strong number that can help the Lakers.
Love is also a California native; growing up in Santa Monica and playing his college ball in UCLA, so if Love had a chance to leave Cleveland and potentially win another championship with LeBron and company, you would think he would be for it.
The Cavaliers and Love will see those same Lakers tonight when the two teams face off at Staples Center on Friday night. Love being back in his native California could be a potential sign of things that happen later in the season of the Lakers need extra fire power and if the Cavaliers decide to move on from Love.