"Shoulder is great," Love said. "I imagine I will be limited as far as starting, but I'm very eager to get back."
It's been nearly five months since Love underwent surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but he's still dealing with some lingering effects of the injury.
Love may be limited for the first couple of weeks of camp, but all signs point to him being healthy for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The Cavs kick off the season against the Bulls on October 27.
"As one of the truly elite players in the NBA, Kevin’s value and impact was critical to our success this past season and we are thrilled that he will be part of our core group for many years to come," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said.
Love played in 75 games (all starts) with averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.8 minutes per game before injuring his shoulder in the opening round of the NBA playoffs.
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He made that announcement on The Players Tribune.
Love, who lost most of the postseason to a shoulder injury, wrote the following:
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.
Love, who was seen meeting with LeBron James poolside, will earn a max deal of $110 million over five years, per CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore.
The Cavaliers wasted no time locking him up, quelling rumors in the process that he was headed to the Lakers or Celtics.
Love was considered by some a poor fit as a third wheel in the Cleveland offense. His average of 16.4 points per game was nearly 10 points lower than what he had achieved the previous year in Minnesota. He spent much of his time roaming beyond the arc to provide space to drive for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
He hit two huge shots down the stretch in a playoff defeat of Boston and seemed to be finding his niche within the offense when the shoulder injury destroyed any further opportunity to contribute.
Love will visit the Lakers and could respond to interest from the Celtics as well. But the Cavaliers are willing to offer him a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, which no other team can match. He has also stated repeatedly his plan to stay in Cleveland.
The 26-year-old Love was a mild disappointment with the Cavaliers in his first year with the team as he struggled to find his shot consistently and fit into an offense that required him to open floor space for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Love, who opted out of his contract to become a free agent, is expected to receive a five-year, $110 million deal to remain in Cleveland, although it is reported that Love may want to get a smaller contract in order to then take advantage of the higher salary cap once the league's new TV deals kick in.
Love is coveted by several teams, including the Lakers and Celtics, and he will make visits with several squads once he officially becomes a free agent on July 1.
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