After opting out of the final year of his player’s option, Kevin Love has managed a much better deal he was looking for with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both parties agreed to a five-year, $108.9 million extension, according to sources closer to the deal.
The figure could rise if the suspected salary cap for next season ultimately goes higher than the projected $68 million. The details of the deal haven’t been made public. This could end up as the largest contract given out in the history of the franchise.
Love revealed that LeBron James played a “big role” in his decision.
“I did want to sit down with LeBron and just lay everything out there on the table,” Love said in a Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio interview with The Players’ Tribune.
“We definitely laid it all out there, hung out, just had a leisurely conversation, and it was one of those moments where I thought we made a lot of good decisions and ended up at the same place. It really played a big part.”
The three-time NBA All-star announced in a post in playerstribune.com, a site owned by Derek Jeter, that he is returning to Cavaliers because of “unfinished business.” The Cavs made Love a priority on the first day of the free agency.
“After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, that’s when it really struck me. Sitting on the sidelines, I never wanted to play in a game more than that one,” Love, also a senior editor at the site, said. “I had dreamed of playing in the NBA Finals and I just wanted to help my guys win. I couldn’t have been prouder of them as they poured their blood, sweat and tears onto the court.
“Yeah, of course I’ve heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We’re all on the same page and we’re all in. We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work.”