October 26, 2021

Kevin Love has no interest in negotiating buyout with Cleveland Cavaliers, agent says – ESPN

https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/32102121/kevin-love-no-interest-negotiating-buyout-cleveland-cavaliers-agent-says

Five-time All-Star forward Kevin Love has no interest in negotiating a buyout on the two years and $60 million left on his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, his agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports, told ESPN on Saturday.

“There have been no talks with Cleveland on a buyout, nor is there any interest from Kevin in doing a buyout,” Schwartz told ESPN.

The Cavaliers have periodically explored trading Love — a scenario he supports — but have been unable to find a deal they’re willing to execute, sources said.

The arrivals of three significantly younger frontcourt players in the past year — center Jarrett Allen, No. 3 pick Evan Mobley and forward Lauri Markkanen from the Bulls — could impact Love’s minutes with the Cavaliers.

Injuries have continued to plague Love’s productivity in recent seasons. Struggling with a calf injury a year ago, Love, 32, averaged 12.2 points and 7.4 rebounds in a career-low 24.9 minutes.

A contract buyout would allow the Cavaliers to save some money on the balance of Love’s contract and would allow him the freedom to sign elsewhere as a free agent.

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