Kevin Love: ‘I came here to win’ after signing 4-year extension
Kevin Love is fresh off signing a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers, securing his place as the new franchise player for the near future, assuring he will be the primary scoring option moving forward.
This is Love’s most lucrative contract of his career, coming right in his athletic prime, as he nears his 30th birthday in September. The extension would have him in line to surpass his tenure with the Minnesota Timberwolves, assuring that his trade back in 2014 was more than just a stunt to surround LeBron James with talent.
“When I first came to Cleveland, I came with a long-term mindset,” said Love during his announcement press conference, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com. “I came here to win.”
The 10-year forward expressed his happiness to be in the long-term plans of the franchise, one that has committed to remain competitive, despite James’ departure.
“We developed a culture here that reflects that. I’m super excited and I couldn’t be happier,” said Love. “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 will now take the reins as the No. 1 scoring option while prospects like Collin Sexton and future ones to come through the draft grasp their footing in the NBA. The long-range marksman posted 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game last season, shooting a blistering 41.5 percent from deep.