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Height/Weight: 6-10/243 | Birthdate: 9/7/1988 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: UCLA | NBA Experience: 7 | Owned/Started%: 99/87 | Average Draft Position: 7.95
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PF Kevin Love makes return to Cavaliers official


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) While forward Kevin Love had announced with a personal post that he was returning to the Cavaliers, he and the team made it official Thursday when they signed a new contract.

"As one of the truly elite players in the NBA, Kevin’s value and impact was critical to our success this past season and we are thrilled that he will be part of our core group for many years to come," Cavaliers GM David Griffin said. 

Love played in 75 games (all starts) with averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.8 minutes per game before injuring his shoulder in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. 


Kevin Love announces he's staying with Cavaliers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) Free agent power forward Kevin Love has declared that he is returning to the Cavaliers.

He made that announcement on The Players Tribune.

Love, who lost most of the postseason to a shoulder injury, wrote the following:

After Game 1 of the NBA Finals, that's when it really struck me. Sitting on the sidelines, I never wanted to play in a game more than that one. I had dreamed of playing in the NBA Finals and I just wanted to help my guys win. I couldn't have been prouder of them as they poured their blood, sweat and tears onto the court.

Yeah, of course I've heard the free agency rumors. But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We're all on the same page and we're all in. We have unfinished business and now it's time to get back to work.

Love, who was seen meeting with LeBron James poolside, will earn a max deal of $110 million over five years, per CBSSports.com NBA writer Matt Moore.

The Cavaliers wasted no time locking him up, quelling rumors in the process that he was headed to the Lakers or Celtics.

Love was considered by some a poor fit as a third wheel in the Cleveland offense. His average of 16.4 points per game was nearly 10 points lower than what he had achieved the previous year in Minnesota. He spent much of his time roaming beyond the arc to provide space to drive for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

He hit two huge shots down the stretch in a playoff defeat of Boston and seemed to be finding his niche within the offense when the shoulder injury destroyed any further opportunity to contribute.


Report: Cavaliers believe they will retain PF Kevin Love


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/1/2015) The Cavaliers remain confident they will re-sign free agent power forward Kevin Love despite his apparent desire to feel out other possibilities, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

Love will visit the Lakers and could respond to interest from the Celtics as well. But the Cavaliers are willing to offer him a five-year deal worth more than $100 million, which no other team can match. He has also stated repeatedly his plan to stay in Cleveland.

The 26-year-old Love was a mild disappointment with the Cavaliers in his first year with the team as he struggled to find his shot consistently and fit into an offense that required him to open floor space for LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.


Report: Cavaliers preparing five-year deal for Kevin Love


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) The Cavaliers are expected to make a lucrative contract offer to free-agent forward Kevin Love, per Cleveland.com. 

Love, who opted out of his contract to become a free agent, is expected to receive a five-year, $110 million deal to remain in Cleveland, although it is reported that Love may want to get a smaller contract in order to then take advantage of the higher salary cap once the league's new TV deals kick in. 

Love is coveted by several teams, including the Lakers and Celtics, and he will make visits with several squads once he officially becomes a free agent on July 1. 


Cavaliers GM remains confident PF Kevin Love sticking around


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has reiterated his confidence that power forward Kevin Love will remain with the team despite opting out of his contract.

Superstar LeBron James is also expected to opt out, but the moves are designed to maximize their deals.

Love has stated repeatedly his desire to remain in Cleveland, but rumors persist that he will not only be courted by teams such as the Celtics and Lakers, but that he is leaning toward accepting an offer to go elsewhere.

"I think he has been very clear with what his intentions are all along," Griffin told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Any time he has stood in front of anybody he's said that. I'm not concerned about it."

When asked late during the playoff run if he wanted to stay with the Cavaliers, Love said, 'Yes ... I want to win."

Neither the Lakers nor the Celtics would likely provide him that immediate opportunity.

Love, however, did not match previous career numbers as a third wheel in Cleveland. He averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds per game this season and lost a chance to contribute to the last three playoff series when he sustained a shoulder injury.


Report: Cavs forward Kevin Love opts out of contract


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has decided to decline the final year of his contract and become a free agent instead, sources told ESPN. He will officially become a free agent July 1. 

Love was expected to opt out of his contract and Cavaliers general manager David Griffin previously said he anticipates Love returning to the Cavaliers.

Love's season ended in the first round of the playoffs when he sustained a separated shoulder. He averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 75 games last season.


Cavs GM expects LeBron James, Kevin Love to opt out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) During his season-ending press conference Thursday, Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said he expects forwards LeBron James and Kevin Love to opt out of their contracts, reports Cleveland.com.

Regardless if James and Love exercise their player options for next season, Griffin said he expects both players to be back with the Cavs.


Cavaliers' Kevin Love wanted to be part of Game 1 action


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love isn't walking on the court during the NBA Finals, but that didn't stop him from wanting to for Game 1 on Thursday, per ESPN.com.

"I had so much fun watching it because I want to be in a moment like that," Love said. "I'd rather be out there helping those guys, and I saw a lot of places where I could help."

Love, who has been sidelined with a shoulder injury since the first round of the playoffs, is experiencing his first playoff run from the bench.

"I've never wanted to be in a game more than that one," Love said. 

Love might have an opportunity to taste significant playoff minutes next year if he returns to the Cavaliers. He has an option to opt-out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason.

"Yes. I want to win," Love said on whether he wants to be back in Cleveland next season.


Kevin Love expects to be back with the Cavaliers next season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke to the media for the first time since his season-ending shoulder injury earlier in the postseason.

Love said that he expects to be back for Game 1 of next season. When asked to clarify if he would be suiting up for the Cavaliers, Love replied, "Yes, sir," per the Washington Post.

Love also said that he's lost 15 pounds since his shoulder surgery


GM: Cavaliers PF Kevin Love cleared to travel with team


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin has announced that Cavaliers injured forward Kevin Love has gained permission from medical personnel to travel with the team, per ESPN.

Love, who is out for the remainder of the postseason with a shoulder injury sustained in the first round of the playoffs against Boston, received the clearance after having it re-evaluated. He has shed the sling used to stablize the shoulder.

He rejoined the team Sunday for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in Cleveland.


Kevin Love does light workout for Cavaliers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love was able to do a light workout on Saturday. 

Love is expected to miss the rest of the postseason with a shoulder injury. The Associated Press reported that Love was at the Cavs practice facility on Saturday and "got in some kind of workout, likely bike."


Cavaliers F Jones: Presence of Love 'means the world to us'


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2015) Injured forward Kevin Love (shoulder) joined his fellow Cavaliers on the bench midway through the second quarter of their Game 2 win Wednesday against Chicago. He received a huge ovation when shown on the Jumbotron and expressed his appreciation.

"It was amazing," he told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I loved it. These are some great fans."

Teammate James Jones believes his presence proved inspiring to the team.

"He's our brother and he makes us whole," said James Jones, who scored a surprising 17 points in the victory. "So if he's playing or if he's on the sideline, it means the world to us. To have him here with us tonight as that extra body, that extra voice, that extra coach made a difference and you could see it in our play."


Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert, forward Mike Miller to start Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert and forward Mike Miller will start Monday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in place of J.R. Smith and Kevin Love, according to Cleveland.com.

Smith is suspended for the first two games of the series after getting ejected for punching Jae Crowder in Game 4 of their opening round series. Love will miss the rest of the playoffs with after undergoing shoulder surgery. 

Shumpert averaged 8.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 62 games this season. Miller averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 52 games. The Cavaliers are currently 4 1/2-point favorites against the Bulls.


Ainge: Celtics' Kelly Olynyk didn't hurt Kevin Love on purpose


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) In his end-of-season meeting with the media, Celtics GM Danny Ainge said he didn't think Kelly Olynyk hurt the Cavaliers' Kevin Love on purpose. 

Olynyk pulled on Love's arm while going for a loose ball, separating Love's shoulder and putting him out for four-to-six months. 

"I think that's a little bit over the top," Ainge said when asked if he thought Olynyk's actions were intentiona, per the Boston Globe. "I feel bad for Kevin Love." 

"I thought it was just a foul," he added. "Two guys going for a loose ball."


Cavaliers' Kevin Love undergoes shoulder surgery, out 4-6 months


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair his dislocated left shoulder and will miss the remainder of the postseason, the team announced.

Love sustained the injury in his team's Game 4 win over the Celtics after getting tangled with Kelly Olynyk. He played just seven minutes in the win, which gave the Cavaliers a first-round sweep.

ith Love potentially out six months, his status for the beginning of next season is in doubt. He owns a $16.7-million player option for next season that will allow him to return to the Cavaliers for one more year if he so chooses.


Cavaliers doubt Kevin Love (shoulder) can return in playoffs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said it's highly unlikely forward Kevin Love will be able to return during the playoffs, reports the Akron Beacon Journal.

Love sustained a dislocated shoulder during the Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday when he got tangled with Kelly Olynyk. Love has already been ruled out of the Eastern Conference Semifinals and Griffin said he would be surprised if Love was able to return at any point in the playoffs. He also did not rule out surgery for Love.

With Love likely out for the remainder of the playoffs, forward LeBron James said the team remains confident that someone will fill Love's role, reports Fox Sports.

"We're a confident bunch," he said. "We have guys who can step up. No excuses."


Cavs F Kevin Love (shoulder) out for conference semifinals


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Cavaliers announced that they will be without forward Kevin Love for the conference semifinals, according to FOX Sports. 

Love dislocated his shoulder early in Game 4 against the Celtics. He was tangled up with Kelly Olynyk on a play that could now impact the next round. The Cavaliers will play the winner of the Bulls and Bucks series, with Chicago leading 3-1 at the moment. 

"Evaluation and imaging have defined the extent of the injury: an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising," the Cavaliers said in a statement. "Currently, Love is undergoing training room treatments while additional opinions are being obtained and treatment options being explored. Love will be unavailable for Cavaliers' upcoming Conference Semifinal playoff series and an update regarding his status beyond that will be determined over the next several days."  

It was previously reported that Love could miss up to two weeks at minimum with the injury. While Love is out for the conference semis, there's still a chance he could be back for the conference finals if Cleveland advances. However, nothing is certain at this time. 

After the game against Boston, Love voiced his displeasure at Olynyk's play. 

"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said.


Report: Kevin Love getting second opinion on shoulder


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/27/2015) The status of Cavaliers forward Kevin Love's injured shoulder may be delayed as the player seeks a second opinion on the severity of the injury, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. 

Love, who dislocated his shoulder as he was tangled up with the Celtics' Kelly Olynyk in Sunday's game 4 victory, will be a free agent after the season and ensuring the shoulder will remain structurally sound is a critical bit of information for prospective suitors. 

Love was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday and initial reports suggested he may miss two weeks of action. 


Report: Cavaliers F Kevin Love may miss two weeks


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, who disclocated his shoulder in Sunday's Game 4 victory over the Celtics, is expected to be out of action for a minimum of two weeks according to a report by Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

Love still must undergo an MRI on Monday, but the report says that sources within the organization feel the injury is severe enough to keep Love sidelined for a while. 

Love felt that Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk deliberately injured him during the game. 


Cavaliers F Kevin Love has dislocated left shoulder, MRI to follow


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love was diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder and will undergo an MRI at Cleveland Clinic, reports the The News-Herald.

Love suffered the injury after getting tied up with Celtics center Kelly Olynyk during Sunday's Game 4 playoff win over the Celtics.

"I have no doubt in my mind that he did it on purpose," Love said about Olynyk.

"Things got a little chippy," Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said after the game. "I think it was a shared feeling that it just wasn’t a basketball play."


Cavs F Kevin Love injures shoulder, won't return vs. Celtics


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love sustained a left shoulder injury and will not return to Sunday's playoff game against the Celtics, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love is going through further evaluations on the injury. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time but Love did appear in pain. Love scored two points, had one rebound and one assist during his time on the court. 


Cavaliers star James criticizes critics of Kevin Love


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Cavaliers superstar LeBron James not only defended teammate Kevin Love after his team bumped off Boston in Game 3 Thursday night, but he criticized those who criticized Love in the process.

Love was an obvious subject after the win. He scored 23 points, nailed 6-of-10 from 3-point range, including two huge shots down the stretch, and added nine rebounds. He has been under the microscope all season as his statistics have suffered as the third option in Cleveland after a brilliant run in Minnesota.

"He's been highly criticized this year, and for what, I don't know why," James said via Masslive.com before a short pause. "I know why," he added. "I know why. I know."

When asked why, James was quick to reply. "For a team that finally gets together and they have a big three, they have to find someone," James said, referring to the media criticism of Love. "When I was in Miami, Chris Bosh was that guy at one point ... Kevin was the guy they tried to find and tear him down. One thing about him, he's always stayed positive. I've always believed in him."


Cavaliers G J.R. Smith bares his soul in written article


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith refuted his reputation as selfish, compared former teammate Carmelo Anthony with LeBron James and defended embattled Cleveland forward Kevin Love in an article he wrote himself for The Cauldron.

Smith also came across as thoughtful in expressing his feelings about a shocking midseason that sent him from New York to Cleveland. But it was his defense of his character that stood out in the long piece.

"There have been unfair rumors that lead people to have misconceptions about me: that I don't care; that I don't take my job seriously; that I'm not committed to my craft," Smith wrote. "It's unfortunate, but people have been saying this about me during my entire career. It obviously bothers me and naturally would bother anyone to feel that people don't take you serious as a person. ... (after getting to know me) someone tells me I am a completely different person than who they perceived me to be."

Smith went on to write that Anthony is a pure scorer who has never had the luxury to play alongside the quality players afforded James or Kobe Bryant, but that he yearns to win as much as the other two. Smith concluded his piece by defending Love, whose numbers have fallen off considerably this year after a trade brought him from Minnesota.

"Forget what anyone says, Kevin Love is the ultimate teammate," Smith wrote. "He isn't the most athletic player out there - actually, Kevin is like that guy you see in a 40-and-up league just killing it because he knows the game better than anyone else out there. Mentally, Love is just in another stratosphere when it comes to understanding basketball. Plus, not only is he an underrated shooter who can knock down shots better than half the guards in the league, he is also the best rebounder I have played with, hands down."


Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith out for Cavaliers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) The Cavaliers are resting four key players against the Celtics on Sunday. 

Kyrie Irving, who had been questionable with a sore hip, will not play in Sunday's game. 

In addition, the Cavs are resting LeBron James, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith. All four players are expected to return to the lineup on Monday. 

Brendan Haywood is also being rested for Sunday's game. 

The Celtics are 10 and a half point favorites at home. 


F Kevin Love leads Cavaliers with 19 points in defeat


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/10/2015) Forward Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 19 points Friday but came up short against the Celtics, 99-90. 

Love added six rebounds and four assists in the defeat.