Kevin Love signs four year extension to remain with Cavaliers

All-Star forward Kevin Love has signed a new four-year $120 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers who are beginning anew following Le Bron James’ departure

"I said, 'Kev, I'm not trading you".

On an historic level, Love is one of only eight players to tally 11,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 1,000 three-pointers and the only player in league history to post a career average of at least 10.0 rebounds while knocking down at least 1,000 three-pointers. A member of the Cavs' Big Three at the time, Love has now signed two contract extensions to stay with the Cavaliers, this time without James. However, regardless of how attractive a city looks, if a team has a valuable player like Kevin Love on their roster, then their chances of attracting other talented players increase.

Despite winning the 2016 NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics in 2017, and James recently signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Of course, the possibility exists that Love doesn't finish out his contract as a member of the Cavs, although given his sizable salary, a potential trade could prove hard. "I was committed to the culture".

Although Sexton is hardly a reliable perimeter shooter, it will behoove the eighth overall pick in the 2018 National Basketball Association draft to have one of the premier pick-and-pop guys in the league in Love. Why?

Regardless, the Cavaliers expressed excitement at keeping Love on board for an added four years. No, of course not, but their future is a little brighter today than it was yesterday. As ESPN's Bobby Marks wrote: "Cleveland is still projecting to have close to $70 million in cap space during the summer of 2020 to reshape the roster".

But for now, it looks like Cleveland will try to compete in the Eastern Conference with Love as the focal point.

What Does This Mean for Kevin Love? Bosh signed a max deal in 2014 when James went back to Cleveland. It gives him financial security as he ages and his career winds down. He enjoys playing for the Cavs and has embraced the community.

Clearly, Cleveland did not think any of its current trade options were better than extending him and looking around the league later. Maybe he will be a more appealing trade target on this contract rather than a potentially expiring one.

With Love in the fold - and a core they likely will have to ride out - the Cavs might remain somewhat relevant. That's no small thing.

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