Love's Decision (to Leave) All But Official

Dohn reports this as all but official. The announcement could come on Wed. Again, no surprise here:

The long weekend retreat to Oregon nearly over and the discussions with his family nearly complete, UCLA freshman center Kevin Love is ready to declare his intensions to forego his final three seasons of eligibility for the NBA, according to sources.

Love is expected to announce his decision this week, with one source targeting Wednesday as the announcement day.

Messages left on Love's cell phone were not returned.

The decision was expected, and anticipated from the moment Love stepped on campus last summer. His father, Stan, declined comment Sunday night.

The move was cemented when UCLA coach Ben Howland told Love during a meeting last week on campus that NBA teams projected Love to be taken as high as fourth, and he was virtually guaranteed of being in the top 14 picks. Also in the same report DC is expected to be gone. From what I hear he along with KL are going to hire agents. So there will be no chance for them coming back. However, the situation around RW is still a little unclear (although my gut tells me he is gone and I am going to assume he is gone because I don’t want to be set up for a disappointment) while LRMAM and Shipp will test the NBA waters: Also, sophomore guard Russell Westbrook was scheduled to meet with Howland late last week and continues to lean toward putting his name in the NBA draft, according to sources. However, it is unclear whether he will hire an agent and remain in the draft, or have his status evaluated before deciding whether or not to return for his junior season.

Howland said if Westbrook returns and Collison leaves, Westbrook would be the starting point guard next season.

Also, power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and wing Josh Shipp, both juniors, were favoring putting their names in the NBA draft but not signing with agents, sources said. That would allow them to have their draft status evaluated, but return for their senior seasons if they are not happy with their draft projections. Again none of this should be a surprise to anyone here.


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