LeBron James, Kevin Love officially back with Cleveland Cavaliers

To no one's surprise, LeBron James and Kevin Love are officially headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James, 30, has reportedly agreed to a one-year, $23-million deal with a player option for a second, keeping his options open following next season for a bigger payday with the increase in the NBA salary cap or even another team, according to Cleveland.com.

The salary cap has been set at $70 million for the 2015-16 season and is expected to rise to about $90 million for 2016-16 because of the NBA's new television deal with ESPN and Turner Sports.

Love, 26, has gone a different route, signing a five-year deal worth $113.2 million with the Cavaliers.

"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 according to the Associated Press. "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."

Love was forced to sit out the NBA Finals because of a shoulder injury that required surgery.

The Cavaliers locked up forward Iman Shumpert with a four-year, $40-million deal and former guard Mo Williams has also agreed to return to Cleveland on a two-year contract worth $4.3 million.

Cleveland is still reportedly working on deals to bring back forward Tristan Thompson and guard Matthew Dellavedova

Follow Matt Wilhalme on Twitter @mattwilhalme

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
51°