By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Kevin Love was told that the Cleveland Cavaliers would like to keep him regardless of what happened with LeBron James. The superstar free agent elected to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Love will be remaining with the Cavaliers for the long-term. He signed a four-year, $120 million deal with the team on Tuesday.
He is now set to make $169 million over the next six seasons. His new contract, according to Spotrac, does not begin until the 2020-21 season.
When his new deal starts, he is the 13th player to have an average salary of $30 million per season.
The 29-year-old has spent the past four seasons with the Cavaliers. He began his career with the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he played his first six seasons.
Last season, Love — who played center for the first-time since his rookie season in 2008-09 with the Timberwolves — appeared in 59 games, all starts. He also averaged 17.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.4 blocks.
He missed time last season as he battled depression. It was recently announced that Love will be receiving an award for announcing that he’s been dealing with a mental health problem.
In 271 starts with the Cavaliers, he’s averaging 17.1 points, 10 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.5 blocks. He also appeared in 364 games with the Timberwolves, including 282 starts, where he averaged 18.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.5 blocks.