Daily News - August 27, 2014

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The inside story of how the Cleveland Cavaliers chased after Kevin Love -- Terry Pluto
Author: Terry Pluto
Publication: Plain Dealer

"CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Not long after the draft lottery, Minnesota team president Flip Saunders came to Cleveland to visit his father. A former star at Cuyahoga Heights, Saunders also had returned to coaching the Timberwolves.

While in town, Saunders and Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin met for dinner. It didn't take long for the name of Kevin Love to come up in the conversation. That was no surprise.

"We had been talking about Kevin Love for a year and a half," said Griffin.

It wasn't Griffin who opened the talks. Former GM Chris Grant had started the Love discussions. The Cavs wanted to find a way to at least add Love for 2014-15. Or in one of their wildly optimistic scenarios, team up Love and LeBron James." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


The Cavaliers' Kevin Love and the three-pointer -- Bill Livingston (slideshow, video)
Author: Bill Livingston
Publication: Plain Dealer

"INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- When Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin asked new coach David Blatt what he needed most a while ago, Blatt said, " A spacing '4' who can shoot and pass and knows how to play."

Four is the playbook designation for Kevin Love's power forward position.

"We've got one of those in mind. His name's Kevin Love, he's a trade target," said Griffin.

"Wow," said Blatt, an exclamation probably destined for overuse in the coming Cavs' season. "Kevin Love would be amazing. If you could get Kevin Love to go with LeBron James, you would have had a really good off season."

And now, from behind Door No. 0 (it is Love's choice of number) steps Love. Welcome to Cleveland, where amazing happens." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


Kevin Love admits lack of playoff experience will be adjustment for Cleveland Cavaliers
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

"INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Kevin Love is well aware of the criticisms.

He has heard the whispers around the NBA. Despite gaudy stat lines and record-setting seasons, the number that follows him is zero. It's not his uniform number with the Cavaliers, but the number of playoff appearances the three-time NBA All Star has made.

"It was tough," Love said of going six years without playing in the postseason. "But saying that I didn't enjoy my time in Minneapolis wouldn't be doing it right."

Love said all the right things, even thanking Minnesota for six great years despite the pile of losses. But he knows in Cleveland there's a different level of pressure. He's one of the key members on a team with championship aspirations, something he hasn't experienced." - CLICK HERE to read full story.


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