Lakers News: Kevin Love Chase Not the Right Path for LA

As Kobe Bryant fights to show what he has left in the tank, Kevin Love continues to dish out reassurances that his arrival in Cleveland is not merely a pit stop on a trip West. 

Love is not 20 games into his stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers and continues to deal with questions as to whether or not he will opt out and look for a new home next offseason.

Much of this has to do with the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that the globe has known for some time now as major buyers this upcoming offseason.

The problem is, Los Angeles should want to steer clear of the Love circus.

Of course, this requires context first. Sam Smith of the Bulls official site told the globe in early November: "Indications are he 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."

Love knows the territory, though. It is plain as day from a financial standpoint that he will opt out this offseason in order to ink a new max deal.

The "where" part of the equation is what has the league in a frenzy, much to Love's dismay. He recently took to ESPN's Mike & Mike in the Morning to reaffirm his long-term status as a member of the Cavaliers, as captured by Scott Sargent of

Since I was traded to Cleveland this summer, I’ve said since Day 1 that I’m a Cleveland Cavalier long term and I plan for it to be that way. I want to grow with this team. There’s a lot of guys with a lot of unique talent, one-through-fifteen, on our roster who are going to be here for a long time. If I could end all the speculation now, I would. But people are going to continue to talk no matter what. I just want to continue getting better with this team long term. I’m a Cleveland Cavalier.

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