While they haven’t signed a contract to officially lock in future years, two of the newest Cavaliers have proclaimed their desire to stay in Cleveland.
Both LeBron James and Kevin Love made statements at their introductory press conferences that should be music to Cavs fans ears.
First it was “King James” at his “Welcome Home” party in Akron back on August 8th. I asked him if the fans should be concerned that he didn’t sign long term with the Cavs, that he only agreed to a 1-year deal with the Cavs with a player option. He responded this way…
Yesterday Kevin Love was asked what his long term future looks like after being traded to the Cavs and the fact he can become a free agent at the end of the season, “I’m committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that’s to win championships,” Love said.
In watching and listening to both players at their press conferences, it sounds like they’re bot here for the long haul and that not signing a max contract extension right night is merely a smart business move based on what salary cap projections can be in the next year or two. Financially both players would benefit greatly if the projected reports on the next NBA TV contract and salary cap are correct. From that standpoint it’s a very smart business move to wait and sign a max deal later.
In the meantime, James, Love and Kyrie Irving, who did sign a max deal this off season, can finally get together on the practice court so Cleveland’s “Big Three” can get a feel for each other and start getting prepared for what will be expected of them in 2014-15, an NBA Championship.