The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA offseason with the additions of LeBron James and Kevin Love, with many predicting that the duo would help the franchise's new look roster reach the 2015 NBA Finals with ease.
Honeymoon period over
After a slow start to the 2014-15 season however (the Cavs are 2-3 at time of writing) those predictions have been tempered somewhat by both playing staff and NBA analysts.
And with the celebratory mood around the franchise already dwindling, today brings reports that one of their big summer additions is already contemplating leaving the team in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers next summer.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com is reporting that Kevin Love is giving serious consideration to the idea of opting-out his recently signed deal - both he and LeBron have the right to opt out after this season if they choose - with Los Angeles believed to be his desired destination of choice.
Per the report:
"Indications are he (Love) will seriously consider the opt out and has his eyes on a return to Los Angeles, where he attended college and where the Lakers long have had him on their free agent wish list."
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Love did indeed enjoy a successful college career in LA with UCLA and had previously been linked with the Lakers after it became clear he was looking to move on from the Minnesota Timberwolves.
But whilst the Lakers hierarchy will be delighted to hear such reports, the likelihood of Kevin Love ditching the franchise will which he so recently placed his championship chips so early remains in doubt.
Should the Cavaliers see their early season form continue deep into the campaign however, and somehow miss out on later postseason basketball all together, then Love may very well look into the opt-out options. He did of course state his desire to "win now"as a major factor in leaving the Timberwolves.
But surely he stands more chance of winning, in this season or the next, alongside the likes of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving rather than at the Lakers with Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer?