Love expressed commitment to Cavs in exit interview

Kevin Love expressed his commitment to the Cleveland Cavaliers and interest in a long-term extension in his exit interview after the Finals and again after LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a report from Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports.

Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension Tuesday. The Cavs have now secured Love for an overall five years at $145 million.

The Cavs never shopped Love in trade talks this offseason. The five-time All-Star averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds during the regular season, shooting 45.8 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three.

In 21 postseason games, Love posted 14.9 points and 10.2 rebounds, hitting 39.2 percent of his shots overall and 34.0 percent from beyond the arc.

“I came here to win. We developed a culture here that reflects that. I’m super excited and I couldn’t be happier,” Love said. “We feel like things are headed in the right direction. We’re definitely excited about who we have moving forward. We know we’re going to add some new pieces. We’re gonna be a team that plays extremely hard, overachieve hopefully. It’s a very exciting day.”

The top teams in the Eastern Conference next season are expected to be the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers and Indiana Pacers. After that, it’s a wide open race.

Love will surely be the No. 1 option on offense and he could put up numbers that he used to produce with the Minnesota Timberwolves now that James is gone.