Will Kevin Love follow in Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge’s footsteps to Nets?
The Brooklyn Nets made several high-profile additions on the buyout market this season, nabbing Blake Griffin and LaMarcus Aldridge after both players secured buyouts from their previous clubs. Could Kevin Love be the next big name to get a buyout and make his way to Brooklyn to play with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and James Harden?
The New York Post’s Brian Lewis suggests Love “figures to be a prime target of the Nets” if he ends up getting bought out by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The veteran big man still has two years and over $60 million left on his contract, but that kind of large deal didn’t stop the Detroit Pistons from buying out Blake Griffin.
There are currently no indications the Cavs have any plans to buy out Love. Cleveland will surely look to trade him first in an attempt to get something for him, but at this point it’s hard to see them getting much of anything. The 32-year-old could very well start 2021-22 on the Cavs, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he’s bought out during the season.
If that does happen, it seems the Nets would be prepared to strike, just like they were when Griffin and Aldridge were bought out. While the Aldridge acquisition didn’t work out because of a health issue, Griffin wound up playing a key role in Brooklyn this season and looked rejuvenated after many thought he was washed. Perhaps the same would happen with Love after his recent struggles in the last few years.
Love played just 25 games this past season, averaging 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.9 minutes per game. He shot just 40.9% from the field and 36.5% from 3-point range. The veteran has dealt with numerous frustrations during the Cavs’ rebuild since he signed his big extension.