We documented earlier this week about Russell Westbrook finishing 12th on the list of Forbes highest-paid athletes in the world. And while he finished fourth among all NBA players, he wasn’t the only former UCLA Bruins basketball player to find his way on the list of top earners.
Kevin Love also cracked the top 100, finishing 67th overall and 23rd among NBA stars. Love was reported to earn $25.7M through $21.7M in salary and bonuses and another $4M in endorsements.
Love signed his large extension to stay with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2018, starting with this past season. His contract extension was for four years and worth $120M. He helped Cleveland reach four straight NBA Finals, with the help of LeBron James, of course.
Despite his own struggles with depression that have been widely documented, Love also started the Kevin Love Fun in 2018 to promote mental health awareness and he even made the first documented donation from an athlete — for $100,000 — during the coronavirus pandemic.
Love joined Westbrook and a slew of fellow Pac-12 alumni on the list as the Pac-12 was widely seen across the ranks including the top-earning golfer, two of the top six earning quarterbacks and two players as their position group’s leader in earnings at running back and offensive line.
Love played for UCLA from 2007-2008, winning the Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2008. He was a consensus first-team All-American, First-Team All-Pac-12 and the subsequent fifth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft after he declared for the draft. He played for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2008-2014 before joining the Cavs in 2014.
The full list of top 100 highest-paid athletes is here.