CLEVELAND– Even without LeBron James, the Cavs are willing to lock up Kevin Love.
The All-Star power forward has signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension, as first reported ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst. The team confirmed the contract extension via press release. The contract was first announced and signed inside The Q in front of the entire Cavaliers organization and construction crews working on The Q Transformation project.
“When I first came to Cleveland, I came with a long-term mindset,” Love said via press release. “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.”
The 10-year NBA vet was an All-Star this past season, appearing and starting in 59 regular season games. He averaged 17.6 points and a team-high 9.3 rebounds in 28.0 minutes per game, helping the Cavs reach their fourth straight NBA Finals. He was acquired in the summer of 2014 in a deal with Minnesota and Philadelphia and over the last four years has averaged 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds and has also appeared in 63 total playoff games in a Cleveland uniform.
And despite all the rumors that have surrounded Love this summer, and over the previous three, the Cavs proved they are ready and willing to make him the center of their rebuild in this post LeBron James era.
“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 via press release. “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.”
He’s signing a long-term contract extension! pic.twitter.com/4hJubiFdS5
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) July 24, 2018