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Kevin Love | Center/Forward

Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 243
College: UCLA
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Kevin Love is expected to receive a max contract if he heads into free agency, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.
While Love is expected to miss four to six months following surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder, he'll have no shortage of suitors with money to spend if he decides to opt-out of his Cavs contract. Love can end any speculation by deciding to opt-in by June 30, but he'd also leave over $2 million per season on the table by doing so. We'll surely have plenty of updates to come if this becomes the Summer of Love, but the Knicks, Lakers, Suns, and Celtics are all rumored to have interest in the big man if he opts out. Apr 30 - 1:31 PM
Source: ESPN

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Kevin Love (shoulder) underwent surgery to repair his dislocated left shoulder on Wednesday afternoon, and he is expected to be sidelined for the next four to six months.

This is a tough blow for the Cavaliers, and we wish Love nothing but the best in his recovery. This obviously will have a significant impact on Cleveland's title hopes, and a potential matchup with the Bulls' imposing frontcourt in the next round just got even harder. Love could potentially miss training camp and maybe some games as well next season, but we should be able to provide plenty of updates over the summer. Tristan Thompson will likely step in as the starting power forward, while LeBron James may be asked to play some minutes at the four as well.
Apr 29 - 10:41 PM

Celtics management believes that Kevin Love will return to Cleveland next season, according to the Boston Herald.

Cleveland does hold Love's Bird rights, meaning they can sign him for five years (one more year than any other team can offer), in addition to being able to offer him $30 million more than any other team, so they have an advantage from a money standpoint. However, nothing is official until Love inks his name and there will be no shortage of suitors once he hits the open market. It'll be interesting to see if Love elects to pick up his player option for the 2015-16 season in order to hit free agency when the league’s salary cap is expected to skyrocket.
Apr 28 - 7:09 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) is highly unlikely to return this season, according to Cavaliers general manager David Griffin.

Griffin said the damage to Love's shoulder is extensive and added that surgery is an option for the 26-year-old. This is a huge blow for the Cavs' playoff hopes and could affect Love's impending free agency. We'll provide updates as soon as new becomes available, but it goes without saying that Kelly Olynyk might not want to visit Cleveland for a while.
Apr 28 - 12:37 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) will not be able to play in the second round of the playoffs.

The team is calling it "an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising." In simpler terms, he suffered damage to several parts of his shoulder and has tearing, so he is likely out beyond the second round, as well. Love is undergoing treatment while other opinions are being considered. For now, there will be a combination of Tristan Thompson, James Jones and Iman Shumpert getting more run. The Cavs also used LeBron James at the four a lot on Sunday.
Apr 27 - 6:04 PM

The Celtics have become a possible destination for Kevin Love in free agency, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

There is a ton of speculative language, so we'll take this from what it's worth while noting that it's from the esteemed Adrian Wojnarowski, who almost never misses when it comes to scooping NBA news. Woj writes that Love has never been "completely comfortable in Cleveland," something anyone with a pulse could feel, and the scribe adds that Boston has "closed the gap" with the Lakers should Love decide to leave Cleveland in the offseason. After Love called out Kelly Olynyk and the Celtics on Sunday, maybe he's not feeling the love in Bean Town so much anymore. Despite Love saying he's intent on remaining in Cleveland, nothing is certain until it's done. The Cavs cannot afford to lose him.
Apr 27 - 9:16 AM

Kevin Love (dislocated shoulder) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his injury, but ESPN's Brian Windhorst reports that he will likely miss "a minimum of two weeks."

It seems inevitable that Love will miss games in the second round of the playoffs. We'll await test results before jumping to any far-reaching conclusions, but Tristan Thompson is likely to see the biggest boost if Love is forced to miss any time. James Jones, Mike Miller and possibly Shawn Marion could also see their roles increased, especially if J.R. Smith is suspended for blatantly hitting Jae Crowder in the face on Sunday. Check back on Monday for updates on Love's status.

Kevin Love has been diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder, and his status for the Cavs' next game will be determined after he undergoes further evaluation in Cleveland.

Love will travel back to Cleveland today to receive additional examination, imaging, and testing, and we'll be monitoring this situation closely. Love said there was no doubt in his mind that Kelly Olynyk intentionally pulled on his arm, and there's a chance Olynyk receives a suspension from the league that would be served during next season for his actions today. Love did say that he was feeling better, and that he hopes to play in Game 1 of the next series, but we'll wait for the Cavs' medical staff to set a timeline as players tend to be overly optimistic in projecting their return from injuries. If Love is forced to miss any games, Tristan Thompson and James Jones will pick up some extra minutes.
Apr 26 - 4:27 PM

Kevin Love suffered a left shoulder injury in Game 4 against the Celtics and he will not be able to return according to ESPN's Heather Cox.

Not good. He was tangled with Kelly Olynyk while they were fighting for a rebound and it appeared that his shoulder popped out of place. Love looked like he was in a lot of discomfort and immediately ran back to the locker room when it happened. The Cavs said that they will wait for Love to return to Cleveland to further evaluate the injury, and we'll be monitoring this situation very closely. Tristan Thompson and James Jones will have to play more if Love is forced to miss any time.
Apr 26 - 1:18 PM

LeBron James praised Kevin Love following his big 23-point performance during Thursday's Game 3 win over the Celtics.

"I don't get too involved in what everybody says," James said. "I know what type of player [Love] is, what type of competitor he is, and I know he relishes the opportunity to be a part of this franchise and the postseason. With everything said with the first eight months of the season, he's definitely used it as motivation. I think he's a big-time player, he's a cerebral basketball player." Love received his fair share of criticism (much like Chris Bosh) during his inaugural season as part of the Cavs’ Big-3, but he's looked fantastic so far throughout the Boston-Cleveland series. It’ll be very interesting to see what Love elects to do this offseason with his player option worth $16.7 million.
Apr 24 - 9:53 AM

Kevin Love made 6-of-10 from beyond the arc during a Game 3 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring a total of 23 points with nine rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

He hit two clutch 3-pointers late in the game to help put this one on ice. Love killed the Celtics on catch-and-shoot 3s and all but one of those six triples came off an assist from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving Yes, that's why they brought him the Cleveland. It's probably safe to say he won't be benched for James Jones again.
Apr 23 - 10:30 PM

LeBron James said it's "very important" to keep Kevin Love involved.

"It’s very important Kev stays involved," James said. "For our ultimate goal Kev has to be in a rhythm or at least touching the ball. I’m going to have the ball a lot, Kyrie is going to have the ball a lot. I’m just trying to find a way to get Kev touches." Love finished his first playoff game ever with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four dimes on 5-of-14 shooting.
Apr 20 - 9:49 AM

Kevin Love looked great in his playoff debut on Sunday, scoring 19 points (5-of-14 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), with a game-high 12 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers, one steal and one turnover through 33 minutes of action.

Love struggled from the field a bit, but he made shots when it really counted, and his aggressive play on the glass was a big boost for Cleveland. Boston isn't a great team at defending the power forward position, so Love should continue to put up quality numbers throughout the series. It'll be interesting to see if a deep playoff run tilts Love's hand towards re-signing with the Cavs this offseason.
Apr 19 - 6:19 PM

Kevin Love and J.R. Smith will not start the second half against the Wizards on Wednesday.

There's no rest for the weary, but there's plenty of rest in Wizards at Cavs. Love should be done for the night, checking out with 19 points, three boards and five 3-pointers. Additionally, when LeBron James was asked who the MVP was this season, he said "Kevin Love."
Apr 15 - 9:22 PM

Kevin Love (rest) returned to action on Monday against the Pistons, scoring just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and two blocks in 26 minutes.

Love is a rest candidate considering how banged up he is this year, and it's going to be hard to trust him after a performance like this. The only thing he has going for him is that the Cavs would love for him to heat up before the playoffs. All told, he's a risky start even if he's active on Wednesday against the Wizards.
Apr 14 - 12:28 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyrie Irving
2Matthew Dellavedova
SG1J.R. Smith
2Iman Shumpert
3Joe Harris
4James Jones
SF1LeBron James
2Shawn Marion
3Mike Miller
PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Brendan Haywood
3Kendrick Perkins
4Anderson Varejao