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Kevin Love has officially opted out of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. It seems like from the moment the 26-year old forward touched down in Cleveland, people were already counting down to the days he joins another franchise. For some reason, Cleveland just doesn’t feel like the right for Love. The news came via ESPN’s Marc Stein:
ESPN sources say Cavs forward Kevin Love has opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent July 1
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 24, 2015
Near the end of the season and even during the NBA Finals, Love denied reports that he was going to opt out and join another team in 2015-16, however, it looks like he may have just been trying to keep his name out of the headlines for the time being.
The Lakers, Celtics and Trail Blazers are being mentioned as potential destinations for Love if he does not re-sign with the Cavs. Via ESPN:
Sources tell ESPN.com that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Celtics are among the teams planning to make a run at Love in free agency. Sources say that the Portland Trail Blazers, furthermore, are likely to pursue the former Oregon high school star in the event that LaMarcus Aldridge — as many league executives expect — flees the Blazers in free agency.
Love missed most of the Cavs’ run to the NBA Finals after suffering a dislocated shoulder against the Celtics when Kelly Olynyk pulled down on Love’s left arm and yanked it out of the socket.