Even though the Cleveland Cavaliers have gotten off to a mediocre 19-19 start, power forward Kevin Love told Northeast Ohio Media Group on Tuesday that he plans to forgo free agency this summer and opt in with the Cavaliers for the 2015-16 season.
"I think that we will figure it out here, so I don't plan on opting out or any of that," Love told NEOMG. "I plan on being here. As far as leaving my options open, I mean sure, it's always there. At the end of the day, it's always good to have something but no, I plan on being here."
Haynes notes that this will allow Love to become a free agent after the 2015-16 season and maximize an expected bump in the salary cap.
"I've said all along that I plan on being a Cavalier long-term," Love said without hesitation. "As we continue to evolve, my role will continue to evolve. It's still a process where I'm figuring it out."
Many executives anticipated Love would test free agency this summer.
The best case scenario for the Cavs would involve Love signing a max extension for five years following this season. There are much worse scenarios than another year with Love, though, and a chance for the team to continue to improve. It also means he wants to maximize his money, and he can best do that in Cleveland. Cavs fans can also breathe easy. The team might be 19-19, but Love is committed to being here when the team turns it around.