Forward Kevin Love announced Wednesday via the Players’ Tribune that he will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Love has maintained all along that he wanted to return to Cleveland after opting out of his deal with the Cavs in June, and he is expected to sign a five-year contract worth up to $110 million.
The Cavaliers are also expected to sign restricted free agent forward Tristan Thompson to a five-year, $80 million contract, which would push Cleveland well into the luxury tax next season.
Love was acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in a trade last summer, though he missed a majority of the playoffs after suffering a shoulder injury in the first-round series against the Boston Celtics.
“I’m going back to Cleveland,” Love wrote. “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.”