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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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Cavaliers general manager David Griffin admitted that he has "concerns [about the team's] ability to protect the rim."
Griffin also said that his concerns are not "just a Kevin [Love] question" and that he is not worried about "Kevin’s ability to be in right place at right time [on defense]" Kevin Love's defensive abilities have come under fire as of late, specifically from his previous team owner Glen Taylor. Fair or unfair, if the Cavs struggle on defense, Love will likely shoulder a large part of the blame. Aug 28 - 2:36 PM

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Wolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Kevin Love's durability during a recent interview, and said Love "got away with some stuff not playing defense [with Minnesota]."

"The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If [the Cavaliers] sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, that’s a big contract on a guy who’s had some times when he has missed games." Taylor also implied that Love is the third-best player on the Cavs behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and the whole interview feels like sour grapes. "I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love replied, when told about Taylor's criticism. "For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received."
Aug 27 - 9:35 AM

Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Kevin Love will be wearing No. 0 for the Cavs this season, as No. 42 has been retired by the Cleveland franchise in honor of Nate Thurmond.

It's not yet known why Love elected to go with No. 0, but purely speculating, in tennis, zero points is referred to as "love."
Aug 25 - 4:58 PM

The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick.
Aug 23 - 1:03 PM

The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

The NBA could block Thursday's reported agreement of Kevin Love being traded to Cleveland because it would be illegal if proven that both sides agreed to terms.

Several reports had Love being dealt for Wiggins even before Yahoo! Sports broke the story on Thursday morning, but teams aren't saying anything and they won't until Aug. 23 at the very least -- the day Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded. David Stern's famous "basketball reasons" in the vetoed Chris Paul trade comes to mind here about the NBA's involvement in trades, but all signs point to Love joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in an extremely powerful offense next season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 9 - 9:36 AM

Team USA is not planning on adding Kevin Love to the roster for the FIBA World Cup in Spain.

He had withdrawn his name from the team last month due to all the trade speculation, and presumably because of all the questions he'd receive. Love is in the last year of his deal before he'd likely get a max offer, so he's still probably going to have to weigh the risk before his big pay day. For what it's worth, Team USA would really use a power forward.
Aug 7 - 9:59 PM

Kevin Love will not be playing for Team USA this summer despite the reported agreed upon trade between the Cavaliers and the Timberwolves.

There have been rumors and speculation that Love would rejoin team USA if he were traded before the FIBA World Cup began. USA director of Basketball Jerry Colangelo said on Wednesday that Love rejoining the team was unlikely, and now Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated is reporting that Love will not be rejoining the team.
Aug 7 - 4:17 PM

The Timberwolves and Cavaliers have come to agreement on a trade that will send Kevin Love to Cleveland, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The deal cannot be announced until August 23, but Love has reportedly agreed to sign a 5-year, $120 million contract extension with Cleveland as part of the deal while the Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and a protected 2015 draft pick. The Cavs will now pair Love with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving to form it's own "Big 3", while the Wolves get the top picks of the last two NBA Drafts to rebuild with. We still have Love as a first-round fantasy pick for 2014-15, but a likely scoring dip pushes his fantasy value back to the end of the first round.

Team USA director Jerry Colangelo said on Tuesday that Kevin Love is unlikely to join the team before the FIBA World Cup begins on August 29.

"He hasn’t disqualified himself, but we have to be realistic about the circumstances," Colangelo said. "For him to join up with us at that point in time would be a challenge, not only for him but it would be a challenge for our team ... [and] you have to look at the fairness factor as it relates to the players who are putting in the time and sweat equity this year to try to make this team." Love reportedly withdrew from the team to avoid risking an injury.
Source: NY Post
Aug 6 - 9:42 AM

Brian Windhorst told ESPN Radio in New York that there is a handshake deal in place for Kevin Love, sending Andrew Wiggins and Thaddeus Young to the Wolves and Anthony Bennett to the Sixers.

The fact that Minnesota is going to get anything near this type of deal for Love when there's essentially only one suitor is pretty amazing. Young's fantasy value wouldn't be unchecked in Minny as it was in Philly, and likewise there isn't a much better place for Bennett to land. Stay tuned as the Summer of Love slowly...comes...to an end.
Aug 4 - 9:57 PM

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor finally admitted that a trade involving disgruntled All-Star Kevin Love is "likely."

The last quote we got from Taylor on the Love situation was that he expected Love to be with the team during training camp, but it looks like Taylor has finally conceded that Love will be wearing a different jersey next season. The Wolves say that they expect a deal to get done by August 23 or 24, which is when Andrew Wiggins will become available to trade. It now seems all but certain that Love will be teaming up with LeBron James in Cleveland, and No. 1 overall pick Wiggins will be sporting a Timberwolves jersey come training camp.
Source: CSNNE.com
Aug 3 - 8:37 AM

The Bulls, Nuggets, Celtics and Warriors "have seemingly backed off" in pursuit of Kevin Love and the Cavs appear to have the framework of a deal done, according to the Morning Journal.

This coincides with ESPN's report that it's a matter of when and not if for the Cavs in getting Love. The Cavs are hesitant to deal away Andrew Wiggins, but the Wolves certainly wouldn't have it any other way. We'll have 20 more days to go until Wiggins is eligible to be dealt.
Jul 31 - 9:42 PM

USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo acknowledged that Kevin Love can still be added to the FIBA World Cup Roster.

"Technically it is possible," Colangelo said about adding the all-NBA forward who recently withdrew from the team. "But I have to weigh all of the considerations if I were to look at that. Is it fair to the guys who are here putting in the time and effort?" Love initially withdrew from the team due to rumors surrounding a possible trade to the Cavaliers. Even if he is traded before World Cup competition begins, he is not expected to rejoin the team.
Jul 31 - 5:53 PM

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SG1Dion Waiters
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3Joe Harris
SF1LeBron James
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PF1Kevin Love
2Tristan Thompson
3Erik Murphy
4Dwight Powell
5Shane Edwards
6Malcolm Thomas
C1Anderson Varejao
2Brendan Haywood
3Alex Kirk