On the heels of LeBron James’ exodus to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded by signing their next best player to a lucrative contract extension. The Cavs signed Kevin Love to a 4-year, $120 million extension, keeping the skilled big man in Cleveland.
According to ESPN, Love opted out of the fifth year of his deal, which would have made the 2018-19 season the last one under his current contract. In order to retain Love’s services, the Cavaliers were proactive.
"I'd like to thank the Cleveland Cavaliers organization, [owner] Dan Gilbert and Koby Altman for having their trust in me and believing in our future," Love said. "When I got traded here a few years back, I was committed to being here long term and I was committed to our culture, excellence in playing the game of basketball. And I think who we have on our team and who we have moving forward really reflects that."
Love, a five-time All-Star, was a critical member of the 2016 squad that overcame a 3-1 deficit to the Golden State Warriors and won an NBA championship. Although known more for his offense than defense, his ability to stick with Stephen Curry in a switch helped the Cavs close out Game 7 in Oracle Arena.
An excellent three-point shooter, Love averaged 17.6 PPG and 9.3 RPG for a Cavaliers team that went to the Finals for a fourth straight season. Throughout his career, Love has tallied a double-double.
Cleveland will look to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt next season, with both Love and rookie point guard Collin Sexton playing pivotal roles.
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