Love In Cleveland For Long Haul – NBA Roundup
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Kevin Love says Cleveland Cavaliers fans shouldn't worry about the opt-out clause in his contract.
The newly-acquired forward can become a free agent next summer after just one season with the Cavs. However, he said at a news conference on Tuesday that he intends to stay with LeBron James and the team.
Love never made the playoffs during his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who acquired Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in the deal that sent Love to Cleveland. Wiggins and Bennett are the last two No. 1 picks in the NBA draft.
In other NBA news:
— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that seven-year veteran forward Jared Dudley has been dealt to Milwaukee by the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for forward Carlos Delfino and a backup center.
— The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded center Hasheem Thabeet (hah-SHEEM tah-BEET') and cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for a protected second-round draft pick in 2015 and a trade exception.
— The Atlanta Hawks have re-signed forward Mike Scott, who averaged 9.6 points and 3.6 rebounds last season.
— The New Orleans Pelicans have signed 12-year NBA veteran small forward John Salmons to a free agent contract.
LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands (AP) — Anthony Davis scored 18 points and teamed with forward Kenneth Faried (fehr-EED') to dominate the inside, leading the U.S. national team to a 101-71 victory over Slovenia in its final exhibition game before the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.
Faried finished with 14 points for the Americans, who now head to Bilbao, Spain for their tournament opener Saturday against Finland.