The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without Kevin Love for an indefinite period according to The Athletics’ Shams Charania, who reports that the star forward has entered health and safety protocols and is “expected to miss several games.”
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2021
This latest bout with adversity couldn’t have come at a stranger time for Love, who reportedly has no interest in a buyout despite the youth movement taking over the franchise. The Cavs are off to a 3-4 start since deciding to emphasize the development of their younger players.
That includes the decision to start seven-footer Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen next to Lauri Markkanen over Love. While coming off the bench for the first time since his second year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Love has put up 9.9 points and 7.3 boards per game.
With Love set to make roughly $60 million over the next two seasons, the Cavs have yet to find a suitable partner to facilitate a trade for the five-time All-Star. It’s unclear what Cavs GM Koby Altman is asking for but the latest trade rumor came from the Hoops Wire’s Sam Amico, who reported that the Denver Nuggets have “displayed trade interest” in him.
By the time Love will hit free agency in 2023, he will be turning 35 by the time and entering the 15th season of his career.