The Cleveland Cavaliers lost King James, and they’re now trying to build a strong team around Kevin Love.
Kevin Love signed a new four-year extension worth $120 million. Nice. Cavs general manager Koby Altman says the team signed the All-Star to a long-term extension, noting that he’s set at the very center of the team’s plans.
“We are very excited to announce Kevin’s long-term commitment to the Cavaliers and Cleveland. 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. 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,” the general manager said in the official team release.
Love liked the idea of remaining in Cleveland for longer, because he likes their game, and hopes to keep helping his teammates to be as competitive as they can be.
“When I first came to Cleveland, I came with a long-term mindset. 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,” Love said.
Fans were surprised to hear about Love’s long-term extension. Most of them thought he would be traded after James left.