Kevin Love: Introduced in Cleveland, excited to play alongside LeBron


Former Wolves forward Kevin Love was introduced as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday. Love, who spent six seasons with the Wolves, was traded to Cleveland on Saturday for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Thaddeus Young.

There were some interesting revelations in Tuesday's press conference. According to the Cleveland Plains Dealer, Cavs general manager David Griffin said they have been in trade talks with the Wolves superstar for 18 months.

Love said he had spent some time in Cleveland getting to know some of his new teammates.

Love added that he and LeBron have had a relationship for years and that he'd always dreamed of playing alongside of him one day.

"It's pretty surreal," Love said.

Love hasn't signed an extension with Cleveland and has said he does plan to opt out of his contract at the end of the season, but that he is committed to the team long term.

After last season, Love told the Wolves he would opt out of his contract and wouldn't return if he wasn't traded. That set the wheels in motion for an offseason filled with rumors and reports about where he could be dealt.

Love acknowledged his relationship with Wolves' fans was rocky at times.

"But saying I didn't enjoy my time in Minneapolis wouldn't be doing it right," he said. "I loved my time there."

The Wolves won 40 games last year – the most the team had won in a season with Love on the team. They were still two games below .500 and failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Love will wear number 0 in Cleveland.

The Wolves also introduced Wiggins, Bennett, Young and rookie Zach Lavine during a press conference at the Minnesota State Fair on Tuesday.

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