Love pens five-year deal with Cavaliers

Throughout the recently concluded NBA season, Love made it clear that he intended to stay with the Cavaliers and has committed to them on the first day of free agency even though it saw the franchise hand out their largest contract in history. 

"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."

Despite knowing that he would have been one of the most sought after players if he had decided to remain a free agent, Love insisted that he had his heart and mind set on re-signing with the Cavaliers. 

"Yeah, of course I've heard the free-agency rumors," he said. "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."

The Cavaliers have just come off one of their most successful seasons in history even though it ended in heartbreak at the end as they lost 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.