Kevin Love Signs Extension with Cavaliers

July 24, 2018

 

Early Tuesday morning, Kevin Love agreed to a four year, $120 million contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, per Brian Windhorst.  Love was entering a contract year, so his current deal now sits at 5 years, $145 million. This will likely be his last big contract, as he will be 34 once his contract expires.  Love averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds as LeBron James' sidekick last year, and now with LeBron gone, is the go-to guy in Cleveland.  This is an interesting move, as the Cavs don't look to be hitting the rebuild button anytime soon.  When Love was the "man" in Minnesota, he was widely regarded as one of the best big men in the league and put up amazing stats, but that reputation has somewhat faded away during his time in Cleveland. He now getting paid, but he has to back up those dollar signs, and it should be fun to watch him and Collin Sexton over the years. But that definitely won't be enough to get them to the Eastern Conference Finals, and personally, it feels like they could be stuck in no man's land for a couple of years. They have tons of money dedicated to mediocre players (Tristan Thompson, JR Smith) that they can't really make any splashes in free agency, so their only option is through the draft. Love is cashing out with this deal, and it seems as Cleveland is going to be his home for a while.

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