No, this isn’t an Onion headline. Yes, the Cavaliers have only played five games (with a 2-3 record). No, we shouldn’t really take anything seriously yet.
But, this NBA.com report from Sam Smith is something to at least tuck away:
It’s not going to get as much discussion during the season, but one of the biggest issues for the Cavs is that both LeBron James and Kevin Love own opt outs after this season. LeBron James basically cannot afford to go anywhere after his return to Cleveland. But watch out for Love. 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.
We would have to guess the Cavs got some sort of assurance from Love that he would re-sign before giving up so many assets (they couldn’t get that in writing because that would be illegal, right)?
It’s probably a speculative, throwaway note from Smith, where the only way we’ll remember it is if he’s right. Still, imagine Love getting unhappy enough with his role in Cleveland to ditch out after a year. If anything, the notion of this will make Cavs fans sweat for a while, just as Wolves fans did for years.
As I wrote in today’s newspaper, the Vikings are still waiting for the NFL to make a decision on Adrian Peterson before revealing their intentions regarding the embattled running back, and both the NFL and the NFLPA are digging their heels in as to whether he should be reinstated by now.
This morning, the Vikings released a statement that said they “respect and understand the league’s process” when it comes to reviewing Peterson under the personal conduct policy. Head coach Mike Zimmer said this afternoon that the NFL has not given the Vikings a timetable for a decision.
Asked if Peterson will be allowed to join the Vikings if the NFL chooses to reinstate him, Zimmer said he wasn’t “going to deal with hypotheticals” and would only worry about what he can control.
“When those decisions are made [by the NFL], we can make decisions,” he said. “Until then, really our hands are tied. There’s nothing we can do about it other than what I’ve said all along. We love the kid. He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do. And we support him. We want him to get through this for him, for him. Then we’ll worry about all the other things we have to deal with at the time.”
Zimmer chuckled when asked if Peterson’s potential return would be a distraction for the Vikings.
“More than the distractions we’ve had this season?” he asked. “This team has been pretty resilient in everything we’ve done to this point. We’re going to continue to prepare, just like we always have, and continue to work. When it comes time to make those decisions, then we’ll make them.”