Kevin Love introduced by Cleveland Cavaliers

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INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is introduced to the media at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds up his new jersey as he is introduced to the media alongside General Manager David Griffin at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is introduced to the media alongside General Manager David Griffin at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds up his new jersey as he is introduced to the media at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers is introduced to the media at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
INDEPENDENCE, OH - AUGUST 26: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers holds up his new jersey as he is introduced to the media alongside General Manager David Griffin at The Cleveland Clinic Courts on August 26, 2014 in Independence, Ohio in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 30: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves rebounds the ball as teammate Nikola Pekovic #14 and Ricky Rubio #9 of the Minnesota Timberwolves look on during the second quarter of the season opening game against the Orlando Magic on October 30, 2013 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 7: Kevin Love #42 of the Minnesota Timberwolves passes the ball during the preseason game against CSKA Moscow on October 7, 2013 at Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2013 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 12: Kevin Love #11 and LeBron James #6 of the US Men's Senior National Team celebrates against Spain during their Men's Gold Medal Basketball Game on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the North Greenwich Arena on August 12, 2012 in London, England. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
US forward Kevin Love dunks the ball against Spain during the London 2012 Olympic Games men's gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO /EMMANUEL DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/GettyImages)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Kevin Love #11 of United States shoots a free throw shot against Australia during the Men's Basketball quaterfinal game on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2012, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. The Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a blockbuster trade sending Love to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland for 2014 No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, a person familiar with the trade said. The Timberwolves are getting Wiggins and former top pick Anthony Bennett from Cleveland and veteran forward Thaddeus Young from Philadelphia. The 76ers get a 2015 first-round draft choice from Cleveland, and guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota. (AP Photo/ Jim Mone, File)
US forward Kevin Love (L) and US forward LeBron James (R) challenge Spanish forward Pau Gasol during the London 2012 Olympic Games men's gold medal basketball game between USA and Spain at the North Greenwich Arena in London on August 12, 2012. AFP PHOTO /MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/GettyImages)
UCLA's Kevin Love during a semifinals game against Memphis at the college basketball Final Four Saturday, April 5, 2008, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
ANAHEIM, CA - MARCH 22: Kevin Love #42 of the UCLA Bruins prepares for play during the West Region second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament against the Texas A&M Aggies at the Honda Center on March 22, 2008 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) -- Kevin Love's phone rang in July and LeBron James asked the All-Star forward if he wanted to play with him in Cleveland.

"I'm in," Love told James.

For the long haul.

Getting used to a new city and new team after being acquired by the Cavaliers on Saturday, Love said he's committed to winning an NBA title with the Cavaliers - however long it takes.

Love, who didn't make the playoffs during six sometimes rocky seasons with Minnesota, can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. But 25-year-old Love, regarded as the game's top "spacing" forward, said he intends to stay with James and the Cavs.

"I'm committed to this team, committed long term to the end goal and that's to win championships," he said.

Cleveland is smitten with its newest superstar.

Love was introduced Tuesday by the Cavs, who acquired him in a blockbuster, three-team trade that instantly turned Cleveland, which won just 33 games last season, into an NBA championship favorite. The deal also gives the team a star-powered trio in Love, James and Kyrie Irving.

Love and James became friends two summers ago as U.S. Olympic teammates in London. It was there, while chasing a gold medal together, that James began recruiting Love, who wasn't sure what to make of the four-time league MVP's overtures.

"Sitting next to me, a locker really close to me and he would always tell me how good he thought I was," Love said. "For me I would just kind of brush it off and shake it off because I was standoffish because I didn't know him well."

James persisted and after more conversations, Love realized there could be a time when their careers could intersect again.

"I thought that one day maybe I could play with LeBron James," he said.

And now that Love is gone, the Timberwolves are left to rebuild around No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and last year's top pick, Anthony Bennett, two young players they were able to pry from Cleveland.

Love didn't leave the Timberwolves on the best of terms. He was the face of the franchise, and Minnesota is where he developed into one of the game's top rebounders and scorers, a dual threat from inside and out. But the years of losing wore on him and it was no secret that he wanted out.

Still, Love said he'll look back on his first NBA home as a positive experience.

"The people of Minnesota were great, the fans were great, they showed up, win, lose or draw, and I really developed a lot of relationships all the way down through the organization," he said. "It was a great six years, and I enjoyed my time, and I can't say enough good things about it."

While Love was saying good things about his former team, his old boss wasn't as warm about him.

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor isn't sure Love fits in Cleveland as well as many believe.

"I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him because I think he's going to be the third player on the team," Taylor said. "I don't think he's going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he'll get blame if they don't do well.

"He's around a couple guys that are awful good. I'm not saying Kevin isn't good. I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I'm not sure that's how it's going to work in Cleveland. I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense - and he's foul prone."

The Cavs know nothing is certain, and there's risk in bringing aboard Love. But with James, Love, Irving, guard Dion Waiters, relentless rebounder Anderson Varejao and newly signed veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones, the Cavs have the makings of a championship team - this season and for many more to come.

"This is culmination of a year and a half of conversations to trade for Kevin," general manager David Griffin said. "This is a player that, quite frankly, fits us as well as any player could have."

Love will wear No. 0 for the Cavs. His No. 42, the number he wore in college and with the Timberwolves, was worn by Nate Thurmond and retired in Cleveland. He considered No. 11, his Olympic number, but that was worn by Zydrunas Ilgauskas and also hangs from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena. So he went with 0, the number he first wore as a kid in Beaverton, Oregon.

"I thought this was a chance to start fresh," Love said, "and pick a new number that would suit me. I just decided that 0 was the right fit for me."

And so was the chance to play again with James.

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