The picture says it all. Where's the love? In regards to Kevin Love, the answer is Cleveland for a long time.
The Cavaliers and their all-star power forward have agreed to a four year contract extension worth $120 million. Love would have been a free agent following the 2018-2019 season. The deal will be worth $145 million total including the final year of his old deal.
“When I first came to Cleveland, I came with a long-term mindset,” said Love in a press release from the team. “I came here to win. We developed a culture here that reflects that. I’m super excited and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a big commitment for me and it’s a big commitment from the Cavaliers, so I want to thank Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman and the entire organization. I enjoy playing here, I’m excited about the team that we have and look forward to our future together. Cleveland fans have been special from day one and I’m also looking forward to continuing to be a part of this great community.”
Love and Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman didn't make the signing in a private closed door meeting. The actual signing took place inside Quicken Loans Arena in front of hundreds of construction workers who are part of renovations to the Cavaliers home court.
The deal is a strong indication that the Cavaliers are not going to go into a full tank mode following the loss of LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. Love and first round pick Collin Sexton will be the leaders going forward in post LeBron era part two for the Cavaliers organization.
“We are very excited to announce Kevin’s long-term commitment to the Cavaliers and Cleveland. This quickly became a partnership the second we began these discussions. Collaboration and winning matter greatly to Kevin and that was reflected in this extension,” said Altman in a press release from the team. “Kevin’s talent and character are both at a very high level and he has earned his role at the center of what we want to do moving forward. As a five-time All-Star and NBA Champion, Kevin has a special understanding of exactly what success and winning require.”