With the Cleveland Cavaliers failing to hit top gear in the early weeks of the 2014-15 NBA season it didn't take long for rumor and speculation to surface linking one of their big offseason additions with a shock move away from the franchise.
Last week saw reports claiming that Kevin Love was giving serious thought to opting out of his contract with the Cavs next summer in favor of a switch to the Los Angeles Lakers.
This was coupled with criticism directed at both Love and teammate Kyrie Irving concerning a questionable celebration the duo performed at the end of Monday night's game against the New Orleans Pelicans meant a difficult couple of days for the team.
Speaking on Friday though K-Love has moved to answer both issues with one definitive answer, killing two potentially harmful birds with one stone.
"Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers," Love said via the Akron Beacon Journal.
"Going to the Lakers, I don't know where someone got that."
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Whilst most queried the idea the Love would leave the title winning potential of Cleveland for the rebuild project in LA, the fact that the former Minnesota Timberwolves star spent his college days in Los Angeles led some to fear he could move on after just one season.
The Lakers would certainly have cap space to make a run at Kevin Love in 2015 free agency and, like LeBron James, the All-Star does have the right to opt out at season's end if it all turns sour so it is not out of the question. But it seems like right now Kevin Love is fully focussed on helping the Cavaliers find their title winning form.
As for his game-ending celebration? The Cavaliers this week explained that Love and Irving were simply tweaking their imaginary moustaches in honor of Movember, rather than smoking an imaginary joint as had been suggested by some.
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