Cavs’ Love unclear on return to court after foot surgery

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

The five-time All-Star power forward of the Cleveland Cavaliers told reporters Monday that the original timeline to return after surgery to fix an injured left foot in mid-October is no longer in play. They signed him to a four-year, $120 million extension in July.

"I started shooting, I've been on the toes a little bit, but no running", Love said.

Love, 30, has missed significant time with injuries over the past three seasons. "I think just if I'm feeling good and I progress well than hopefully it will be sooner rather than later".

Love was asked about the prospect of a trade as the Cavaliers have since gone into more of a full rebuild during his absence.

Kevin Love does not want to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers amid trade speculation.

Love-who was projected to miss at least six weeks-is still uncertain when he will return to the court.

Love had surgery to remove cartilage and have fluid drained from the base of the big toe on November 2.

The 30-year-old Love said it's been hard to watch his team-mates struggle - Cleveland has the NBA's worst record and dropped nine straight games - but he never considered not returning this season. This season was initially thought to be one in which Kevin Love and the Cavs were going to compete for a postseason birth, but those hopes quickly evaporated.

"I've wanted to be here, and I've said this too, it's a business", Love said. "I don't know what's going to happen".

Love, however, said he still plans to play again in 2018-19. I want to be out there with those guys.

Cleveland has lost nine in a row and are 8-32 record heading into their matchup against in on Tuesday. "(Larry Drew) and the coaching staff down if I didn't get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could - so long as I'm healthy".

And if you thought last year's defense was bad, this one takes the cake for the worst.

Considering the Cavaliers have a 14 percent chance at nabbing the top overall pick as long as they have one of the three worst records in the National Basketball Association, I'm sure they don't mind if Love sits out as many games as possible. So I think every trade deadline, every draft, every free agency, always brings something new. "It's always different. I would love to be here".

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