Love opts out of con­tract with Cava­liers

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - As­so­ci­ated press

Kevin Love is about to find out how much the league val­ues him, and how much the Cleve­land Cava­liers want him.

The power for­ward opted out of the f inal year of his con­tract and will be a free agent July 1, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the de­ci­sion told the As­so­ci­ated Press. Love has a deal worth $ 16.7 mil­lion next sea­son.

Last week, Gen­eral Man­ager David Grif­fin said he ex­pected Love and LeBron James to opt out of their deals and be­come free agents. Grif­fin also ex­pects them to re- sign with the Cava­liers, who made it to the NBA Fi­nals this sea­son be­fore los­ing to Golden State.

The 26- year- old Love, who came to Cleve­land last sum­mer in a block­buster trade from Min­nesota, has said he wants to re­turn to the Cava­liers. Cleve­land played with­out Love for most of the play- offs af­ter he suf­fered a left shoul­der in­jury in the f irst round against Bos­ton.

Guard Monta El­lis is de­clin­ing the player op­tion for the f inal year of his con­tract with the Dal­las Mav­er­icks and will be­come an un­re­stricted free agent. El­lis was set to make $ 8.7 mil­lion in the fi­nal year of a three- year, $ 25 mil­lion con­tract.

The Char­lotte Hor­nets have traded guard Gerald Hen­der­son and power for­ward Noah Von­leh to Port­land for small for­ward Ni­co­las Ba­tum. The 6- foot- 8 Ba­tum started 71 games in 2014- 15, av­er­ag­ing 9.4 points, 5.9 re­bounds and 4.8 as­sists. ... The Or­lando Magic traded vet­eran point guard Luke Rid­nour to the Mem­phis Griz­zlies for the draft rights to 6- foot- 7 Lat­vian swing­man Ja­nis Timma. Timma, who will turn 23 on July 2, was the 60th pick in the 2013 NBA draft. ... The NBA has unan­i­mously ap- proved the sale of the At­lanta Hawks to an own­er­ship group led by bil­lion­aire Tony Ressler. Along with the op­er­at­ing rights to Philips Arena, the Hawks were sold for $ 850 mil­lion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.