NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers waiting on Cleveland Cavaliers to buy out Kevin Love

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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.

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Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws. In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views. After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016. In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season. In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW. Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.
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