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Breaking down Kevin Love’s total NBA salary from his career

Kevin Love will have a total of $266,013,191 in NBA career earnings when his current contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expires in the summer of 2023.

Love began his NBA career with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft and made $3,163,680 in his rookie season, during which he put up 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game for the Wolves.

In his second year, Love earned $3,401,040. He finished his rookie contract with the Timberwolves making $3,638,280 in Year 3 and $3,710,250 in Year 4.

In January of 2012, the Wolves signed K-Love to a four-year, $60.8 million rookie-scale extension. The contract was set to kick in during the 2012-13 campaign, which was the fifth year for Love. The All-Star made $13,668,750 that season while averaging 18.3 points per game. However, he was only able to appear in 18 matches because of injury.

Kevin played one more season with the Wolves in 2013-14. He made $14,693,906 and averaged 26.1 points per game. Love was tired of losing and missing out on the playoffs and eventually requested a trade, leading him to be sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August of 2014.

Love’s first season with the Cavs was up and down. He made $15,719,063 but saw his stats drop since LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were the two ball-dominant stars in Cleveland. Love finished his first year with the Cavs by averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.

In the summer of 2015, the Cavs signed Love to a five-year, $113.2 million deal. The California native averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds during the 2015-16 season and made $19,689,000. The Cavs won the championship over the Golden State Warriors in 2016, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals.

Love made $21,165,675 in 2016-17 and $22,642,350 in 2017-18. He then surprisingly signed a four-year, $120.4 million contract extension with the Cavs in July of 2018, just a few days after LeBron left Cleveland and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

In 2018-19, Kevin Love made $24,119,025. He was set to make $28,942,830 in 2019-20 before games were suspended due to COVID-19, which has affected the salary of players. Love put up 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Cavs prior to games getting suspended.

Moving forward, Love is due $31,258,256 in 2020-21, $31,258,256 in 2021-22 and 28,942,830 in 2022-23.