Cavaliers guard Caris LeVert hopes to sign a contract extension and remain with the team long-term, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic tweets. LeVert, who was acquired by Cleveland in February, averaged 13.6 points on 43.5% shooting in his 19 games with his new club.
“Yeah, this is where I want to be. They know that,” LeVert said. “The front office knows that, my teammates know that. So I don’t know what’s gonna happen with that contract extension, but I know where my heart is.”
LeVert, who was born in Columbus, Ohio, is set to earn $18.8MM next season in the final year of his current deal, and will be extension-eligible this summer. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 20.2 points with Brooklyn and Indiana in 2020/21, shooting 44% from the floor and 33% from three-point range.
There’s more from the Central Division today:
- Despite losing to the Hawks in the play-in tournament on Friday, the Cavaliers‘ season appeared to be the start of something special, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com writes. Cleveland’s experiment of starting Evan Mobley, Lauri Markkanen and Jarrett Allen together worked and the team still has a young core headlined by Darius Garland. The Cavs were in the playoff picture for most of the season despite dealing with injuries to multiple key players.
- The Bulls will be without assistant coaches Chris Fleming and Damian Cotter in Game 1 of their first-round series, according to The Associated Press. Fleming and Cotter both tested positive for COVID-19. Chicago will open the playoffs on the road against Milwaukee on Sunday.
- James Boyd of the Indianapolis Star explains why trading for Russell Westbrook may not be the best idea for the Pacers. Westbrook is coming off a tumultuous season with the Lakers, while the Pacers are believed to be willing to move starting point guard Malcolm Brogdon. Indiana dealt with numerous injuries this year and finished with a 25-57 record.