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Kevin Love says he's committed long term to Cleveland

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The trade was made official on Saturday, but Kevin Love says he committed to playing for the Cavaliers in July.

Within hours of announcing he was returning to Cleveland, LeBron James reached out to Love to gauge his interest in joining him.

"I'm in," Love told him, and the creation of the Cavaliers' dynamic Big Three was underway.

Love addressed reporters Tuesday for the first time since the Cavs acquired him in a three-team deal over the weekend. He can be a free agent after each of the next two seasons, but Love said he is committed to Cleveland.

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

He will wear No. 0 with the Cavs because his previous number, 42, is retired by the team. His second and third choices, Nos. 11 and 7, are also retired. So he took 0 because it was the first number he ever wore as a child.

His arrival makes the Cavs immediate championship contenders.

"(Love) fits us as well as anybody possibly could have," General Manager David Griffin said.

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