Out of contract, Love was reportedly unsure of whether to stay in Cleveland or look to return to the West Coast.
"The only thing I didn't want was I didn't want to be with a team that was going to tank or not be competitive", Love said.
Kevin Love scored 21 points and Cedi Osman had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
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Nance Jr joined the Sky Sports team at St. James' Park to watch his beloved Chelsea maintain their flawless start to the season with a dramatic late 2-1 victory on Tyneside. With that deal, Cleveland is now left with a max cap space of $16.8 million for next season with the roster as currently constructed, per Early Bird Rights.
Speaking ahead of their season opener today against the Raptors in Toronto, Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said the key to Love playing at his best is to get him angry. We know he's going to get plenty of opportunities. "Everyone who says play-offs is overachieving (for a Cavs team without James) doesn't know our squad and doesn't believe in our squad".
Giving up their leading scorer and fan favorite DeRozan for Leonard, who can depart after one season, was a risk that the Raptors were willing to take after repeated playoff failures. There were some small things that didn't go our way or we didn't do tonight. "We're going to have to go after every loose ball that we can, we're going to have to be the team that dives on the floor". But now that they have a veteran group, a veteran starting five with Danny Green, Kawhi and obviously Serge (Ibaka) and now the young guy, (Pascal) Siakam, and OG Anunoby coming off the bench, I mean, those guys are lethal when they get up and down. The fourth-year pro is only 25 years old. "To continue playing basketball for a franchise I grew up with and watched as my father starred here is truly a blessing".
The new-look Raptors faced off against the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers (albeit without LeBron James), and were relentless from beginning to end in their 116-104 win.