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Kevin Love introduced as the newest Cavalier

Tuesday in Independence, the Cleveland Cavaliers introduced their newest addition to the team, Kevin Love. It seemed the culmination of an unbelievable—and I mean unbelievable—offseason. He will come join the new-look Cavs and form the NBA’s newest “Big 3” after being acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a first-round pick.

General Manager David Griffin started off the press conference noting the great offseason. He went on saying that the offseason was built on momentum from multiple events like the NBA lottery and the extension of Kyrie Irving. Griffin said that landing Love was “a culmination of a year-and-a-half of trade conversations.” He described Love as “a player that quite frankly fits us as well as anybody possibly could have.” He described a conversation he had with new coach David Blatt about what he needs to be successful, the first thing Blatt told him he needed was “a spacing big, somebody that can shoot and pass and who knows how to play.” When Griffin told Blatt that the team was targeting Love, Blatt replied, “Wow, Kevin Love would be amazing. If you can get Kevin Love to go with LeBron James you would have had a really good offseason.” Tough to disagree.

Love will wear No. 0 for the Cavaliers because that was his very first number. He said that this was the first number he ever played with. It was a tournament in Portland, Oregon and he came in late resulting in him getting the last No. 0. (Love’s other choices were Nos. 42, 11 and 7—all three of which are retired by the Cavaliers.) He noted that it is for Oregon and as Griffin told him, Ohio. Love says he wanted to come in and “hit the ground running as fast as possible to see what I can do to help this organization win.” In an interesting tidbit, Love said that LeBron called him about playing for the Cavs the day that he committed to coming back to Cleveland. In regards to his future, Love said that he hasn’t talked about it, but he did say, “I’m committed to this team and committed long term to that end goal and that’s to win championships and to win a championship here in Ohio.” He went on to say winning a championship is “earned, not given.”

Throughout the press conference, Love conveyed that he knew for quite a while that he might be traded to Cleveland. He said he even watched the summer league in order to watch Coach Blatt’s coaching scheme. He said it is going to be “a lot of fun to play basketball to come to work everyday.” He is excited about the players on the team like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. He even joked saying, “he’s a tremendous player both Uncle Drew and Kyrie.” James told him over the years how he loved his game and Love says it seems like it has come full circle to now be playing with James. He went on to say how he is familiar with a lot of the players on the team because of prior or current relationships.

This offseason has been amazing and unbelievable. Even Love said he wouldn’t have believed it when asked whether he would have believed last summer he would be in Cleveland with LeBron James. This summer just simply seems like a dream. Luckily it is real!

(Photo by: Mark Duncan/AP)

  • matt underwood

    interesting (and awesome) question posed by Bull of 92.3 Bull and Fox when Griffin joined them… he asked Griffin if the T-Wolves had any input on draft day in terms of who the cavs would choose – he replied they did.

    great question and interesting response.

  • Steve

    According to Windhorst, the Cavs were willing to include the pick going into the draft, so this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise.

  • Woods

    If that is the case, then why did they wait so long to sign Wiggins, and then have to wait another 30 days to trade him?

    Something doesn’t add up. The only thing I can think of is both the Cavs and Wolves preferred Wiggins, only the Cavs wanted to keep him out of the deal and slow rolled his signing in the hopes that Minnesota would accept a non Wiggins trade package.

  • eldaveablo

    Explains why Wiggins was not mentioned in LeBron’s article.

  • humboldt

    Has WFNYBen weighed in on the transformation of the season of Huh? to the season of Huh! ? I feel like that column needs to happen

  • eldaveablo

    And kind of hints that Lebron just kind of helped the plan that Griffin already had in place, instead of Lebron being the GM as many have implied.

  • Steve

    Again, according to Windhorst, after the Cavs drafted Wiggins and saw him play, they had second thoughts about trading him away. Until the actual GM of the team told them otherwise.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The_Real_Shamrock

    God bless the actual GM it means we don’t have to live through something like the neighbors who play next door or worse the other one by the lake!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Griffin has said it himself and multiple articles back him up that the Cavaliers had been pursuing Love since last year. When LBJ was being courted this was mentioned.

  • cmm13

    Also, according to Windhorst once Dan was given permission to speak with Love at the Summer League play where Kevin verbally committed to signing long term, he felt more comfortable in dealing Wiggins.

  • Steve

    That certainly helped. Though I don’t know why they were so willing to let Lebron write his own contract/control the franchise, but needed extra assurance from Love.

  • Steve

    In case you haven’t noticed, and judging by the attendance you haven’t, the Indians have managed to win a few here and there.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea the Indians are hanging in there hanging being the operative word. If they played even little league like defense they’d actually be right there for both the division and wildcard.

  • scripty

    My thoughts were Wiggins agent was stalling as long as possible to somehow keep his client in CLE w/ Lebron instead of being exiled to MIN.

  • scripty

    Anybody else hear the presser? Seemed like some reporters were possibly trying to trip up people into giving exact dates/times, possibly to get some tampering or malpractice. Seems like questions you’d ask agents or such in 1-offs not live during the main presser.

  • The_Real_Shamrock
  • The Inferno

    When do single player tickets go on sale for the Cavs?

  • cmm13

    On the bright side, LeBron is doing a much better job at running the franchise this time than the last.

  • cmm13

    Yes, Jason Lloyd went back to his question a few times asking for clarification on the timeline.

    THE OLYMPICS! ALWAYS AT THE OLYMPICS!