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KEVIN LOVE SAYS HE IS COMMITTED TO THE CAVS FOR THE LONG-TERM

KEVIN LOVE SAYS HE IS COMMITTED TO THE CAVS FOR THE LONG-TERM
After months of rumors, endless speculation and a trade that couldn’t become official until weeks after it was agreed to,Kevin Love is finally a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Tuesday afternoon, as Team USA took on Slovenia as a tuneup for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the focus of the basketball world shifted away from Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose and the rest of that squad gearing up for international competition. Love was officially introduced by his new team, one that should finally get him to the postseason after years of failed seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Love would later reveal that he was James’ first phone call, which had to make him feel quite coveted. That said, it’s impossible to forget that Love only has one year left on his contract. At the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign, he can hit the open market and choose where he plays next, whether that sees him remain in Cleveland, go home to California with the Los Angeles Lakers or flee for a team that hasn’t yet become a prominent destination. Will he choose Cleveland? On his first day holding a Cavs jersey, Love intimated that he’s willing to commit to the franchise for more than one year, though the power forward curiously indicated he and the front office hadn’t discussed any long-term deals. Love was also particularly happy about the potential for on-court chemistry. Revealing that he believes the NBA is transitioning to more of a court-spacing game, he appeared quite excited to be filling that role—and so much more, of course—for the Cavaliers. Not only did he not see this move coming, but Love revealed that he started building up a relationship with the four-time MVP during the 2012 Olympics in London. He was a floor-spacing big under Mike Krzyzewski back then while working toward a gold medal, and now he’ll be hoping to win another title alongside James. But, as the two-time champion told him, that’s going to take some mental preparation. After all, Love has never played in so much as a playoff game, much less a deep postseason run that requires immense physical and mental readiness. But, as the two-time champion told him, that’s going to take some mental preparation. After all, Love has never played in so much as a playoff game, much less a deep postseason run that requires immense physical and mental readiness. Thus begins a new era in Cleveland. Gone are the days in which Irving and Dion Waiters attempted to generate offense during one loss after another. Departed are the seasons that resulted in lottery finishes and led to multiple No. 1 picks. No longer will the Cavaliers serve as a punching bag for the rest of the NBA. With James and Love teaming up, there’s finally reason for optimism. And lots of it.