The Cleveland Cavaliers are close to acquiring Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but they’re taking him on without any assurance that he’s going to sign long term with the team.
What Cleveland is hoping for, is that Love will play a season with the Cavaliers, fall in love with LeBron James and decide to start his career over in Cleveland. According to Brian Windhorst and Marc Stein of ESPN, the Cleveland Cavaliers are more confident now more than they were before that Kevin Love will sign an extension with the team thanks to the power of LeBron James.
Sources say the clincher from Cleveland’s perspective, though, was James’ firm belief that he will be able to convince Love to stay as a teammate going into the future, even without a contractual commitment after this year. That made the Cavs more comfortable parting with Wiggins, who is a potential All-Star and would’ve been under contract with the Cavs for at least the next five seasons under much more favorable terms.
Cleveland re-signing Love is something that is going to likely happen, but he’s going to test free agency first. Part of his gripe in Minnesota is that he feels under-appreciated, which means that his time spent in free agency will be all about getting some love, even if he knows that returning to Cleveland is what he wants to do.