WATCH: Kevin Love and LeBron James Had ‘Very Honest’ Talk Before Free Agency

by July 09, 2015

Kevin Love is returning to Cleveland, announcing Thursday that he’s officially inked a five-year, $113 million deal with the Cavaliers.

Love broke down how he came to his decision, telling The Players’ Tribune that watching his guys go down in the NBA Finals convinced him to re-up, and jump back into the pressure-filled cauldron once again next season.

LeBron James is also returning to Ohio, and Love reports that he set up their now-famous poolside chat which gave the two stars a chance to hash out their issues.

Per the AP:

Love, who announced last week that he will stay in Cleveland, said Thursday that he and James had a “very honest” talk before free agency opened and the discussion led him to re-signing with the Cavs, a team he hopes to help win an NBA championship. […] The Love-James relationship was constantly analyzed last season as the Cavs tried to mesh new players under first-year coach David Blatt.


“He happened to be in Los Angeles the same time I was,” Love said of James, who remains a free agent but will re-sign with Cleveland. “So, we just talked everything out and a lot of stuff was very honest and we came to a really good place and we agreed on a lot of things, so I think that was also a very big deal when you’re talking to the best player in the world.” […] The pair were photographed sitting near a pool and Love said “it turns out pools are great meeting places” when he revealed he would re-sign with Cleveland.


“I expressed this to LeBron and he’d been through it a couple of times now — I can actually go wherever I want and pick the team I want to play for,” Love said. […] “But every time I went through the different scenarios I always came out at the same place, and that was to be in Cleveland and try to win championships. I would be able to really help this team win and going forward make a very big impact on this team and on this city, trying to bring a championship or championships.”