Kevin Love, the California-born power forward, graduated from UCLA and was picked by the Grizzlies as a No. 5 pick in Round 1 of the 2008 NBA draft. He quickly transitioned to the Timberwolves, where he played for six seasons, before making a big move to the Cavaliers, where he currently plays.
He is currently in his ninth year with the Cavs and managed to secure an NBA Championship for Cleveland in 2016, with a stellar roster containing the likes of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and JR Smith. Now, the Cavaliers' management finds itself in a predicament as they have to decide whether to extend the veteran's contract with the franchise beyond the original four years, which is about to end after the current season.
Cavs' history with Kevin Love
Kevin was an integral part of the roster that dominated the Eastern Conference for four years and made it to four consecutive NBA Finals, winning one out of the four. Since then, it has been a dry period for Love and the Cavs since they have failed to reach the playoffs for four years. Love has averaged 16.2 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2.3 APG, with a 37.8 percentage accuracy from downtown. These kinds of stats for a PF set the tone for a team.
Over the years, the big man has dished out some amazing assists to his teammates while being highly effective on both sides of the court. He was integral to the "Big Three." with James and Irving. The trio had an offensive plan, which allowed Love to drift out to the three-point line much too frequently and become a shooter, while James and Irving controlled the ball on the offensive end, creating an amazing and efficient style of play.
Extending the contract- boon or a bane?
The Cavaliers have some big contract players on their roster, with Mitchell, Love, Allen, and LeVert making up the 56% hold on the salary cap with Donovan going slightly over it, meaning that under the current SOPs, Cleveland has already reached their salary cap for the roster. They currently have Kevin Love on the maximum salary cap limit for the 2022-23 season set for him, which is $28,942,830.
The Cavs had given Love a four-year contract extension of $30 million a year and $120 million in total. Extending his contract with the same salary cap would be a hustle for the management since their maximum possible cap space could be utilized to get a bigger talent to Cleveland.
Kevin Love is a great leader and mentor to the youngsters on the team, and they seem to love the big buy and respect him for all of his experiences and his credibility to stick with a franchise for such a long time. The only downside the Cavs' management could have is his age, but then they can always give him a one-year contract which could be extendable later based on his performance in the future.