Stupid Rumor: Kevin Love Considering Opting Out Of Cleveland Deal To Play For The Lakers
Alright y'all, stupid rumor time. No, it's not an update on that Kobe Bryant to the Knicks thing, which is not a stupid rumor but a great idea: It's this tidbit from Sam Smith's NBA column that has the sports world jumping up its own butt to report. Via NBA.com:
It’s not going to get as much discussion during the season, but one of the biggest issues for the Cavs is that both LeBron James and Kevin Love own opt outs after this season. LeBron James basically cannot afford to go anywhere after his return to Cleveland. But watch out for Love. Indications are he will seriously consider the opt out and has his eyes on a return to Los Angeles, where he attended college and where the Lakers long have had him on their free agent wish list.
Let's do a quick debunking of this, shall we?
1) Any considerations Love is making towards opting out and/or leaving Cleveland don't have anything to do with the Cavaliers starting 2-3. Kevin Love is a professional basketball player, and he played for Minnesota for six seasons -- he's not a moron. He knows that you don't mash a whole bunch of different players together and win a championship in five games. If there is frustration there, it comes from losing, not from not-winning. Get it?
2) Yeah, Kevin Love is going to opt out. Because he wants money. As noted by Dan Feldman of ProBasketballTalk, Love can get himself a $1.8 million raise if he opts out and re-signs for a season. Then, when the NBA salary cap goes up with the new CBA, Love can really cash in -- assuming he enjoys the headache of being asked "WILL YOU RE-SIGN WITH CLEVELAND???" every day.
3) Part of his trade to Cleveland was based on a "handshake deal" that Love would re-up for five years when his contract is finished. You calling Kevin Love a liar?
4) Okay, let's say he is a liar, or at least a guy who's willing to explore his options. You really think he'd leave a team with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for the Lakers? Who will the Lakers have next year, besides the slowly degrading corpse of Kobe (love you, Black Mamba) and Swaggy P? He forced his way out of Minnesota to get into a winning situation, not another losing one.
5) It's not really a "homecoming" if he goes to L.A. This isn't a LeBron-Cleveland situation. Love was born in L.A. and went to UCLA (for one season), but grew up in Oregon. Hell, maybe he'll go to the Blazers.
6) Finally, what are "indications"? Smith's report cites something called "indications" that Love will "consider" opting out and "has his eye" on L.A. That's pretty specious reasoning. Let's pump the brakes on the craziness until we get something a little more solid that "indications," shall we?
If you're wondering, why even bring this up if I don't believe it? Just so I have another platform to pimp this Kobe Bryant to the Knicks story. It's gonna happen, folks. Or it should, anyway.
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