- Damon Jones Defends Cavs After Stephen A. Smith Says Kyrie Irving Was ‘Done Dirty in Cleveland’
- Jordan Clarkson Tells Channing Frye to ‘Shut Up’ After He Gets Roasted in Hilarious Fashion
- John Beilein Rips Referees for Traveling Calls on Cavs: ‘It’s Not Fair’
- Kyrie Irving ‘Coward’ Signs Spotted in Boston Ahead of Celtics-Nets Matchup
- Tristan Thompson Says Collin Sexton and Darius Garland Are Different: ‘They’re Not Douchebags’
- Report: Cavs to Eventually Demote Collin Sexton to Bench Role
- Darius Garland Speaks on Recent Improvement: ‘It’s Starting to Slow Down for Me’
- Report: Rival Executives Expected Trail Blazers to Target Kevin Love After Zach Collins Injury
- LeBron James Hilariously Reacts to Richard Jefferson Trolling New York Knicks
- Kevin Love Not Buying That Kyrie Irving Is a Bad Teammate
Larry Nance Jr. Says He’s Excited to Get ‘Franchise Guy’ Kevin Love Back
- Updated: January 31, 2019
Love last played on Oct. 24 before having surgery on his injured toe on Nov. 2, one of many injuries that’s gutted the Cavaliers’ season. Originally, he was expected back by the end of January, but with February now just one day away, that timeline has been adjusted.
In recent days, Love has engaged in some of the more physical aspects of the team’s practice, including 5-on-5 scrimmages.
The ability of Love to deliver a double-double in virtually every game is one reason why he’s so important to the Cavaliers’ lineup.
During his Cavs’ career, which dates back to 2014, he’s averaged 17.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists. In his four games before having toe surgery, Love’s numbers were even better, with averages of 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
With the course of the Cavs’ 11-41 season having turned them into sellers by the Feb. 7 trading deadline, Love’s name has been periodically mentioned as a trade possibility. Last summer, he signed a four-year contract extension with the team, which would remove the specter of looming free agency from any trade talks.
However, the 30-year-old Love is scheduled to make $120 million over the next four seasons, which may scare away teams that are wary of his lengthy injury history.