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Kevin Love’s NBA contracts

Kevin Love entered the NBA back in 2008 with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2008 draft out of UCLA.

Since getting drafted by Minnesota, Love has made $174,553,849 through his NBA contracts, per Spotrac. The first deal Love signed in the NBA was his rookie contract with the Timberwolves. It was a two-year, $6.56 million contract. Kevin averaged 11.1 points and 9.1 rebounds during his rookie season while making $3,163,680.

In his second year, Kevin Love averaged 14.0 points and 11.0 boards. He also earned $3,401,040 and was starting to establish himself as one of the best rebounders in the game.

He took that throne in his third season by leading the NBA in rebounds per game (15.2). Love also made his first All-Star team that season and was setting himself up for a nice rookie-scale extension.

In January of 2012, the Timberwolves signed Kevin Love to a four-year, $60.8 million rookie-scale extension. The contract was set to kick in during the 2012-13 campaign. Love made $13,668,750 that season while averaging 18.3 points.

However, he only appeared in 18 games due to injury.

The 2013-14 season wound up being Love’s last year with the Timberwolves. He averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds but couldn’t lead the franchise to the playoffs. The California native requested a trade and was sent to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August of 2014.

The Timberwolves received the 2014 No. 1 overall pick from the Cavs for Love, which was Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas.

Kevin Love made $15,719,063 in his first season with Cleveland. It was an adjustment on the court all year since Kevin wasn’t used to playing with two stars such as LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. He finished the season averaging 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds.

Love then hurt his shoulder in the 2015 playoffs against the Boston Celtics in the first round and was done for the playoffs. The Cavs wound up losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Finals in six games. LeBron played without Irving and Love. Kyrie hurt his knee and needed surgery.

In the summer of 2015, Kevin Love was an unrestricted free agent. Despite his rocky first year in Cleveland, Love re-signed with the Cavs on a five-year, $113.2 million deal. He averaged 16.0 points and 9.9 rebounds during the 2015-16 season and made $19,689,000. The Cavs won the title over the Warriors, becoming the first team in NBA history to erase a 3-1 series deficit in the Finals.

After Irving requested a trade from the Cavs in the summer of 2017 and LeBron left for the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason of 2018, Kevin Love signed a four-year, $120.4 million contract extension with the Cavs in July of 2018, just a few days after James signed with the Lakers.

Because of age and injuries, Kevin Love has one of the most untradeable contracts in the NBA. He was set to make $28,942,830 in 2019-20 before the season was suspended due to COVID-19.

Love is due $31,258,256 in 2020-21. He was averaging 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists for the Cavs this season prior to games getting suspended.