Kevin Love Rumors: Cavaliers Have Not Discussed Contract Buyout with Forward

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 6, 2021

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly not broached the subject of a buyout with forward Kevin Love.

Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported the Cavs are not currently considering a buyout for Love, who is owed $60.2 million over the next two seasons.

Love's future with the Cavs has long been a source of speculation, dating back almost to the moment he signed his four-year, $120.4 million extension with the team. With the 32-year-old Love not meshing with the rebuilding young Cleveland roster, it was seen as only a matter of time before a trade happened.

However, Love has been consistently injured over the last three seasons while under-performing his contract when on the floor. He is averaging just 11.3 points and a career-low 7.0 rebounds per game this season while shooting 39.4 percent from the field. 

A five-time All-Star, Love has also struggled to maintain his composure at times. The Cavs fined Love last season following an outburst directed at general manager Koby Altmann, and he issued an apology last week after slapping a ball inbounds and turning it over against the Toronto Raptors. 

"The reality of it is I f--ked up. Everybody knows that," Love told reporters. "I love this team first and foremost. I know I f--ked up, and I apologized for that. I don't go out there intending to upset anybody, to embarrass myself to embarrass the organization, because I feel like I'm a part of something bigger than myself here."

The best comparison to Love's situation in Cleveland may be Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons. Griffin gave up $13.3 million in March to secure a buyout from Detroit and sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

The major difference is that Love has spent seven seasons and won a championship in Cleveland, whereas Griffin was only a Piston for two full seasons.