Love has agreed to a five-year, $108.9 million extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a person close to the deal. That figure could be higher if the salary cap, as so many suspect, is ultimately higher than the projected $68 million for next season.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the details of the deal haven’t been made public.
On a post at theplayerstribune.com, a site founded by Derek Jeter, who has the same agent as Love, the three-time NBA All-Star said he is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers because of “unfinished business.”
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“After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, that’s when it really struck me. Sitting on the sidelines, I never wanted to play in a game more than that one,” Love, also a senior editor at the site, wrote. “I had dreamed of playing in the NBA Finals and I just wanted to help my guys win. I couldn’t have been prouder of them as they poured their blood, sweat and tears onto the court.
“Yeah, of course I’ve heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We’re all on the same page and we’re all in. We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work.”