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Lakers hope to sign Kevin Love in free agency

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Mitch Kupchak and the front office may have a little Love in their hearts.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers will have enough cap room this summer to offer one max contract, and those in management "hope they can spend on a new superstar such as Kevin Love" according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report's most recent column.

Love is coming off of a down season statistically with the Cleveland Cavaliers, with his 16.4 points, 2.2 assists, and 9.7 rebounds all below his career averages of 18.7/2.4/11.8 in those categories. Some of this "decline" is likely owed to Love's lower usage rate of 21.7 this season versus his career usage of 24.6, which would explain why the Lakers would still be interested in signing the UCLA product.

With Julius Randle already playing power forward for the Lakers, it is interesting that they would still (reportedly) want to sign Love. Perhaps they envision the two being able to play together, or maybe they just want to pursue the best players available this summer, regardless of position. July will have answers, and cannot get here soon enough.

All courtesy of Basketball Reference.