Cleveland Cavaliers fans can breathe easily when it comes to Kevin Love and his eventual free agency.
The All-Star forward plans to opt in next season — by picking up his $16.7 million player option — and wait until the summer of 2016 to cash in on a max-level contract. From a business standpoint, it only makes sense for Love to hold tight until the salary cap spikes (as a result of the NBA’s gargantuan new media rights deal.)
Love says he’s confident the struggling Cavs (19-19) will mesh and figure things out as the season wears on.
Per the NEOMG:
“I think that we will figure it out here, so I don’t plan on opting out or any of that,” Love said. “I plan on being here. As far as leaving my options open, I mean sure, it’s always there. At the end of the day, it’s always good to have something but no, I plan on being here.”
“I’ve said all along that I plan on being a Cavalier long-term,” Love said without hesitation. “As we continue to evolve, my role will continue to evolve. It’s still a process where I’m figuring it out.”
Love said he has been studying film more than in years past to find ways he can be more effective. In one of those film sessions, he realized that he doesn’t have anyone to blame but himself and that he needs to call for the ball on some occasions. […] “In a lot of ways I have to demand the ball more, but a lot of it is being more engaged too,” he said. “It’s a number of things that I can do in the second half, even moreso in the fourth quarter, to get more engaged. But I think LeBron (James) coming back will help that and as time goes on, we’ll continue to evolve how we’re playing.”