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Free agency updates: Kevin Love declares he’s off the market

Kevin Love averaged 16.4 points per game last season.Getty Images

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love announced Wednesday on the Players Tribune website that he's returning to Cleveland next season.

"At the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We're all on the same page and we're all in. We have unfinished business and now it's time to get back to work," wrote Love, who is listed as a senior editor.

The Celtics had been "awaiting word" on a potential meeting with Love, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports's Adrian Wojnarowski.


Love, who was sidelined for the rest of the playoffs after being injured in Game 4 of the Celtics-Cavs first-round series, averaged 16.4 points per game last season. He opted out of the final year of his contract after the season.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Love has agreed t a five-year, $110 million deal.

Here's a look at what else is being reported in connection with the Celtics and free agency.

 Corey Brewer: Early Wednesday, Wojnarowski tweeted that the Celtics had a phone conversation with Houston Rockets guard/forward Corey Brewer, but that tweet has since been deleted.

 Jimmy Butler: The Bulls and Butler are finalizing a five-year, $95 million deal that includes a player option after four years, according to Wojnarowski, ending speculation that the Celtics could make a run for him.

 Brandon Bass: The Globe’s Gary Washburn reports that eight teams, not including the Celtics, have inquired about Bass.

 Amir Johnson: Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that the Celtics are “expected to show interest” in the 6-9 forward, who has spent the last six seasons in Toronto.

 Gerald Green: Mannix also identified Green, a 6-8 guard, as a “possible target.” Green was drafted by the Celtics in the first round in 2005.

 Rajon Rondo: While his connection to the Celtics is likely only a matter of history, fans may be interested to see where he lands. Several reports have indicated the Kings are interested in the former Boston point guard, and a meeting is likely to happen between the sides soon.