After undergoing left foot surgery, the Cavs have provided an update on Love, stating that he can now participate in select basketball activities.
The Cavaliers say Kevin Love (left foot surgery) will now progress with select basketball activities and continue to advance his therapy and strength and conditioning program. A timeline will be established as progression through this phase of his rehabilitation is complete.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) January 4, 2019
Love is still nowhere close to game action, and Cleveland ought to be patient with their star big man as they're stuck with his contract for the foreseeable future. At best, Love and propel Cleveland into playoff contention in a year or two, given the Cavs get lucky in the NBA Draft lottery. In case you haven't noticed, that tends to happen (LeBron, Kyrie and Anthony Bennett all went No. 1 overall).
Teams will call #Cavs about Kevin Love. Cavs will listen. It’s hard to say what will result. “I think any deal that makes sense for any team, sure, they’ll be willing to pull the trigger,” coach Larry Drew says. #NBA https://t.co/1VtH6Z9AtB— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) January 3, 2019
But with this season essentially declared a wash, Love's services won't be needed much. Let Collin Sexton and co. gel as a unit and gain some valuable experience. If Cleveland chooses to trade Love, then they'll need him to prove he's healthy enough to contribute to a contender.
But should they not share that sentiment, what's the point of rushing him back?