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While the Cavaliers are looking long and hard at trades with just two weeks remaining before the deadline, don’t expect Kevin Love to be among them.
The Cavs intend to hang on to their All-Star power forward for at least the rest of the season, as also relayed by Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Not only that, but Love has yet to return from toe surgery in November — meaning contenders aren’t exactly beating on the Cavs’ door, demanding to know what needs to happen for a deal. Pretty much the opposite, actually.
As Fedor reported, the Cavs intend to keep Love and potentially have him around long term to serve as franchise cornerstone — especially after giving him a four-year contract extension that kicks in next season.
Everyone wants an All-Star. When Love is healthy, the Cavs have one.
As for when Love will actually put on a Cavs uniform again … well, it’s hard to know what the plan is there. The Cavs (9-40) currently sport the NBA’s worst record and are dreaming of the No. 1 overall draft pick. No one is really sure how Love would fit into that equation.
He did participate in the non-contact portion of practice Thursday, making it appear he is seemingly closer to playing.
But Love’s injuries often turn into major mysterious for inquiring fans, and this one is no different. Cavs coach Larry Drew said there is no timetable for his return.
Love appeared in just four games this season before being sidelined. He has said he injured the toe in a preseason game against the Boston Celtics.
Meanwhile, the Cavs are doing their due diligence when it comes to taking and making trade calls, with swingman Rodney Hood clearly drawing the most interest. Shooting guard Alec Burks and his expiring deal are also on the radar of opposing teams.
Big man Larry Nance Jr., who will return from injury Friday vs. the Miami Heat, has not been discussed in trade talks.