Love is weeks away from returning, says he wants to stay in Cleveland

Love has been out since October 25

James Rapien
January 07, 2019 - 2:05 pm
Dec 21, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) watches the game from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

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Cleveland, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The Cavaliers' season started off on a bad foot, literally, when Kevin Love injured his toe in the exhibition opener. There has been speculation that he could return in mid-January, but it doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case.

“I’ll get more of an idea of that over the next couple of weeks and then from there, there will be even more progression where I’m out on the court,” Love said. “I don’t know when I’ll be able to go 1-on-1 or 2-on-2, 3-on-3, but I think that’s all part of the next few weeks.”

If Love is a few weeks away from playing 1-on-1, how realistic is it that he returns in January? It seems like this injury could keep him out until at least February.

“I started shooting, I’ve been on the toes a little bit, but no running,” Love said. “I did some stuff on the anti-gravity treadmill. Other than that, slow and steady.”

Love, 30, has missed significant time with injuries over the past three seasons. He had toe surgery on November 2. There’s no reason the Cavaliers should rush back their best player. They signed him to a four-year, $120 million extension in July. Rushing him back not only does Love a disservice, but it could significantly impact the future of the franchise.

There’s been some speculation that general manager Koby Altman could trade Love. The trade deadline is February 7 and I’m not sure he’ll have returned to the court by then.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Love said about his future. “I’ve said all along that I’ve wanted to be here and I’ve said this too – it’s a business. We saw that last year at the deadline. I’ve never seen so many guys traded from a team really ever.”

Love may get dealt before the deadline, but it’s hard to envision a team giving up significant assets for a player who hasn’t shown he’s fully recovered from toe surgery. A trade in the offseason is more likely. The Cavs will add a lottery pick to their roster and have a much better idea of what they hope to be next season. Waiting to deal Love also gives him time to come back 100 percent healthy, finish the season strong and build value. He did make it clear that he wants to be in Cleveland.

“Every trade deadline, every draft, every free agency always brings something knew. It’s always different. I would love to be here.”