Cleveland Cavaliers forward and one-time NBA champion Kevin Love continues to generate headlines for reasons that don’t benefit his current employer.
Love has two more seasons and over $60 million remaining on his contract, and some teammates reportedly feel the 32-year-old is “stealing” money from the Cavaliers. Throw in that the veteran forward had to apologize last week after he carelessly and casually tapped the basketball back into play on an inbounds pass during a loss at the Toronto Raptors, and things aren’t going so well in Cleveland.
As such, it appears Love may already be planning for his exit from Northeast Ohio.
On the latest “Posted Up with Chris Haynes” podcast episode, Love explained it would be “special” to play for the Portland Trail Blazers, his hometown NBA club, alongside star guard Damian Lillard.
“Who wouldn’t want to play with Dame Lillard, first of all,” the five-time All-Star said. “Dame, he’s special. He’s amazing. I claim Portland when they ask me where I’m from. It’s where I spent all of my formative years. I grew up in Portland. When people ask where I was born, obviously I say L.A. But Portland is always going to be a special place in my heart. Whether it be at the end of my career, whether it be in six months, or whatever it may be, if I was wearing a Portland jersey, that’s special. That’s playing at home.”
Love added praise for Portland basketball fans in his comments and said, “Portland is a special place for me. If I play there, or not ever, I’m always going to go back and that’s always going to be a place that I represent no matter what.”
Over the weekend, The Athletic’s Joe Vardon explained the Cavaliers can’t yet afford to buy Love out, his injury history makes him untradeable on his current contract, and Love is unlikely to void the final year of his deal and lose out on roughly $30 million. Both parties need a divorce as quickly as possible, but one will have to accept a significant financial loss to end this doomed relationship over the summer months.