Kevin Love PF/C CLE 6 days ago

Love announced Wednesday via the Players' Tribune that he will re-sign with Cleveland.

Love's camp maintained all along that he would be back in Cleveland next season, and while most of the media remained skeptical, Love quieted the doubters Wednesday by issuing a brief statement via the Players' Tribune. The forward, who missed most of the playoffs with a shoulder injury, is expected to sign a five-year max deal that will pay him roughly $110 million. With LeBron James expected to sign a short-term max deal and Tristan Thompson rumored to be returning on a contract in the neighborhood of $80 million, the Cavs figure to be well into the luxury tax next season.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 2 weeks ago

Love (shoulder) opted out of the final year of his contract Wednesday, ESPN reports.

Love has maintained throughout his tumultuous tenure with the Cavaliers that he intends to re-sign with the team this offseason, but opting out will at least provide him with the opportunity to explore other options. Love was due to make $16.7 million, but he'll now be eligible to start at $18.9 million per year under a new contract. The Cavaliers had steadfastly stated that they will re-sign Love, but the forward is expected to receive max offers from a handful of appealing suitors.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 3 weeks ago

Love (shoulder) averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in his first year as a Cavalier. His season ended in the first round of the playoffs as he tussled for a loose ball with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk.

Love can opt out of his contract, but has stated that he intends to be back in Cleveland. The team's defense improved with Tristan Thompson in the playoffs, but the Cavaliers could have used a second offensive option, particularly after Kyrie Irving (knee) went down. Love's numbers were his lowest since 2009-10, but he may get a larger share of the offense with Cleveland, should he return.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 3 weeks ago

Love (shoulder) underwent his six-week checkup and has been cleared to build up full range of motion in his left shoulder, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Prior to the doctor's appointment, Love's workout routine was limited to cardio. Now that he's been given the all-clear, the difficult portion of his recovery is in front of him, as his multi-month rehabilitation continues unabated. With the expectation that Love will opt out of his contract and explore free agency, interested parties will have to negotiate based on the assumption that he'll approach his previous All-Star status.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Love (shoulder) said that he and the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk, who injured Love's shoulder, are on good terms with each other, the Boston Globe reports.

Love said he reached out to Olynyk about a week after the injury to smooth things over and told him that everything was "all good". Love will have the opportunity to opt out of his current deal and become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and if he chooses to test free agency instead of merely re-signing with the Cavaliers, the Celtics would reportedly be one of the teams he'd be interested in signing with.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Love stated he expects to play for Cleveland next season, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Love is set to become an unrestricted free agent this off season, and will be one of the top players available. His struggles to find his role in Cleveland's rotation were well documented, so it would not be a surprise to see Love go elsewhere. It's possible that he was just going for the politically correct answer to the question; however, it appears that the Cavs will at least be in the running to sign Love.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the Cavaliers for the remainder of the postseason, ESPN reports.

Love, who has been away from the team since injuring his shoulder in Round 1 against Boston, was in New York last week to have the shoulder evaluated, and the doctor who performed the surgery has given the forward clearance to travel, as well as ditch the sling he's used for roughly a month. Love was back with the team for Sunday's Game 3, sitting in the second row behind the bench. While the Cavaliers could have more than a week off between series if they're able to close out Atlanta on Tuesday, Love remains ruled out for the rest of the playoffs.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Love (shoulder) has been cleared to travel with the team for the remainder of the postseason, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports.

Love had his left shoulder re-evaluated in New York last week and no longer has to wear the sling that has been stabilizing it for the past month. Love will still definitely miss the remainder of the postseason, but the news is encouraging in that Love remains on schedule in his recovery for next season.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 1 month ago

Love (shoulder) got in a light workout Saturday, the AP reports.

Love will remain out for the next 3-5 months after he underwent surgery almost a month ago to repair his dislocated left shoulder. His workout Saturday likely simply consisted of work on a stationary bike. It's good to hear he's working with the Cavaliers' staff, but until we get closer to his return, it's unlikely many details regarding his rehab will be reported on.

Kevin Love PF/C CLE 2 months ago

Love (shoulder) reportedly underwent successful surgery on Wednesday in New York City and is projected to need four-to-six months for recovery time.

With that projected recovery time, Love will be out for the rest of the postseason. While it was rumored that was likely the case, this only confirms it and it's a big blow to the Cavaliers' playoff outlook. Tristan Thompson seems likely to move into the starting lineup, although the Cavaliers could move some players around and get either Shawn Marion or James Jones in the starting lineup as well. Either way, those players should receive more playing time due to Love's injury. We'll have to wait and see what coach David Blatt decides to do Thursday.