Kevin Love has signed his huge new contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The new deal is for four years and $120 million, adding on to the one-year, $25 million left on his current contract.
While Love was rumored to be involved in some trade talks, he appears to be set on sticking in Cleveland for the long-term.
"When I first came to Cleveland, I came with a long-term mindset,” Love said. "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 Cavs' GM, Koby Altman, added:
"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," said Altman. "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."
Love signed his new contract in a makeshift ceremony at The Q, which is currently under construction. It makes for some viral-able photos:
Kevin Love and the Cavs will now attempt to make the playoffs in the post-LeBron James era. Best of luck, Cleveland.