Is Kevin Love Joining The Lakers After Cavs Buyout?

Is Kevin Love Joining The Lakers After Cavs Buyout?

The Cleveland Cavaliers are 7-5 on the year and appear to be moving full speed ahead towards a rebuild.

This has resulted in 33-year-old Kevin Love averaging a career-low 20.7 minutes per game through seven outings this season.

Love is currently midway through a four-year, $120 million contract. Although both he and the Cavaliers would obviously love to move on, financial constraints exist.

That said, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to wait in the wings for a buyout to occur.

As noted by Jason Reed of Lake Show Life, don’t sleep on the prospect of Love to LA.

“It has become clear (if it wasn’t already) that the Lakers are at their best when Anthony Davis is playing the five,” he wrote.

“However, Davis is non-committal to playing center full-time, forcing the Lakers to go out and get the likes of Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan. Neither Howard nor Jordan have been all that great this year and the less that the team can play them when the games matter the better. Love would help accomplish that.

“The Lakers could play a frontcourt of Davis and Love without sacrificing any real floor spacing as both Davis and Love can stretch the floor. You can label either player as the center and it does not really matter. Both guys are interchangeable as a four or a five but since Love can stretch the floor it allows Davis to operate near the rim when necessary.”

This obviously isn’t the first time Love has been linked to the Lakers. He has a very strong relationship with LeBron James, and not long ago James sent Love a special gift as a token of his gratitude for their friendship.

Love in the past has shown interest in joining a different team. That said, the far greater likelihood if he does get bought out is that he ultimately lands with the Lakers.

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Charles Kruger

Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7's go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.

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