The Cleveland Cavaliers have had an exciting start to the NBA playoffs after being out of hunt ever since LeBron James left for Miami and then came back.
The Cavaliers completed a dominating whitewash of the Boston Celtics in the playoffs, with Kyrie Irving looking in fine form in-particular as the Cavs advanced on to face the Chicago Bulls in the second round of their quest for an NBA Championship.
Cleveland are having to do that without star power forward Kevin Love however, who suffered a severe shoulder injury in game three against the Celtics and was sidelined for the rest of the playoffs. But it seems the Cavaliers are now worried that Love may not play for them ever again.
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Longing for Free Agency?
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, who appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, revealed that the Cavs are legitimately concerned about their first-year forward bolting from the Quicken Loans Arena.
"I think he has all year long looked longingly at free agency and the possibility of what else is out there," Woj said of Love.
The Right Role
"The Cavaliers were hoping that a playoff run full of big moments for the star forward could convince him to stick around in a supporting role on a contender, but his season-ending injury has put an end to that," Wojnarowski added.
The real question here is what role Kevin Love wants in a team. The Cavaliers can offer him an embarrassment of riches in terms of the amount of talent around him, but he can't really be a superstar in Cleveland.
The Cavs want him to be in the Chris Bosh role behind LeBron and Kyrie Irving. Kevin Love can't become a star with the Cavaliers and if that is what he wants then he could easily join another team in the NBA where he would be the biggest attraction, even if that side didn't have the same title aspirations as Cleveland.
According to Woj, Love will make his decision "based on a regular season where he hasn't embraced or loved that role -- that Chris Bosh [role] and that "Love hasn't been super willing to play that part."