Love opens up on LeBron's departure to Lakers

By Alexis Mansanarez 21 September 2018 4
Love opens up on LeBron's departure to Lakers

Earlier in the week, Kevin Love shared his first words to LeBron James after he opted out of his contract with the Cavaliers and became a Laker.

Love was in New York when he heard the news of the four-year, $153.3 million deal James took. 

“Well, I thought LeBron’s always looking for a new challenge," Love said on ESPN's Get Up. "He’s always looking for a new opportunity. And with what he’s doing on the court and off the court, I think he wanted to see how he can impact another team, and LA was the right fit for him.

"But I didn’t really know it until — I kind of had a feel for it towards I would say free agency. But I actually got the news when I was in New York, looked at my phone and though, ‘OK, well, he’s off to the Lakers.’ I mentioned that I wished him the best. I texted him, told him I loved him. And then we go from there.”

Love penned a $120 million extension in late July to stay in Cleveland another four years, where he'll play a major role in the Cavs' future without James.

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