After opting out last week, Kevin Love re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday (July 1), on the first day of free agency.
The All-Star agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with the team, sources said.
“I’m going back to Cleveland,” Love said in a first-person essay on The Players’ Tribune website. “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. 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.”
In an interview with SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Radio, Love also said LeBron James played “a big role” in his decision.
“I did want to sit down with LeBron and just lay everything out there on the table,” he said. “We definitely laid it all out there, hung out, just had a leisurely conversation, and it was one of those moments where I thought we made a lot of good decisions and ended up at the same place. It really played a big part.”