The sweet-shooting Cleveland Cavaliers power forward is expected to exercise the player option in his contract and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, where he will find no shortage of suitors, which in addition to the Lakers are expected to include the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets. The NBA Finals bound Cavaliers are also expected to attempt to retain Love.
Love averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds, which was his lowest scoring average since his second year and lowest rebounding average since his rookie campaign, but did so on a usage rate of 21.7 (lowest since his rookie year). The former UCLA Bruin notably shot 42.9 percent on three-pointers in the playoffs against Boston before dislocating his shoulder in a battle for a loose ball with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk.
The Cavaliers will begin the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors next week, but will do so without Love, who is still recovering from a season-ending procedure to repair his labrum, which tore away from the bone when his shoulder was dislocated.
When discussing the Lakers second overall pick, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak mentioned that the Lakers are "a little bit impatient" to rebuild. Could the team make a run at Love to speed up their rebuilding timetable, even both he and the rapidly recovering Julius Randle both play the same position? This is just one of the many large and impactful decisions the front office will have to make this offseason.