Kevin Love is feeling good, looking forward to returning
Early in the season and leading up to the trade deadline, there was plenty of speculation that the Cleveland Cavliers’ Kevin Love could be on the move. Staying with his team, though, his only focus now is returning from injury and getting back on the court.
According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, that could be as soon as Friday night when the Cavs take on the Washington Wizards, with “numerous signs” pointing toward this being his official return.
Bringing Love back into the mix would be a breath of fresh air for Cleveland who has struggled all season long. At 11-43, they are in 14th place in the Eastern Conference and have the third worst record in the league, only behind the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns.
The Cavaliers have spent most of the season prioritizing developing their young players and focusing on the offseason, but the reintroduction of Kevin Love into the team’s game plan shouldn’t be too big a monkey wrench in their draft odds, as they are the only team with a double-digit negative net rating, which places them last in the league.
Love would be the focal point of the team upon his return, as he is the only remaining All-Star on their roster after making four straight NBA Finals appearances. Before going down this season, Love played four games where he averaged 19.0 points, 13.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The last time he was the centerpiece of a team that just wanted him to put up his own numbers was in the 2013-14 season when he played for the Minnesota Timberwolves. That season he averaged 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.