The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed Kevin Love to their team on Tuesday. The 6’10 forward who averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, joined the Cavs in a trade last week that sent the past two number one draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota.
Love, a Los Angeles native and nephew of Mike Love of The Beach Boys, has six NBA seasons under his belt but has not yet reached the playoffs. He arrives on a team itself suffering through a four year playoff drought, which commenced when basketball megastar LeBron James “took his talents” to the Miami Heat in 2010. Now, with the reacquisition of James earlier this summer, the Cavs have become the overnight favorites to win the Eastern Conference championship.
The Cavs boast an impressive lineup equipped with Love, James, last season’s All-Star game MVP Kyrie Irving, and the returning center Anderson Varejão, alongside recently signed veteran forwards Mike Miller and Shawn Marion.
This is the most anticipated season for Love since being part of the Minnesota Timberwolves’ experimental majority-white roster during the 2012-2013 NBA Season. Unfortunately for Love, that season ended short due to a hand injury, curtailing his team’s chances of making a playoff run.
Next season, Love will don a 0 on his jersey, possibly a play on the definition of the word “love” as a score of zero in tennis. The number 42, which Love wore throughout his time in Minnesota, was unavailable since the Cavs retired it as the number of Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond.
The Cavs’ season starts October 30 against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.