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Height/Weight: 6-10/243 | Birthdate: 9/7/1988 | Birthplace: Santa Monica, CA | Team: Cleveland Cavaliers | College: UCLA | NBA Experience: 6 | Owned/Started%: 99/96 | Average Draft Position: 6.57
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Cavaliers PF Kevin Love expected to play Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love (neck) is expected to play Monday, the News-Herald reports. Love suffered a minor neck injury Wednesday but should be good to go for the regular season, provided he doesn't experience a setback.

Cavs' Kevin Love sitting out Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Cavaliers forward Kevin Love won't play Friday, according to ESPN.

Love is dealing with a neck injury, though it's not expected to be all that serious. He'll have Friday night off for "rest and maintenance."


Neck injury to Cavaliers F Kevin Love not believed to be serious


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) Cavaliers head coach David Blatt told reporters that power forward Kevin Love has a stiff neck, but the injury is not expected to be serious moving forward, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. Love sustained the injury in Wednesday's preseason game. Blatt remains hopeful that Love will be available to play Friday night against the Mavericks.

Kevin Love suffers neck injury Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love suffered neck soreness in Wednesday's preseason action, but the injury is not considered serious, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Love was dealing with a knee injury coming into Wednesday's game and asked out after becoming "banged up." The team may update his status after the game if it's determined the injury is more serious than thought, but for now he looks on track to be available for the start of the regular season.


Cavaliers PF Kevin Love not worried about fitting in


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/15/2014) Cavaliers new power forward Kevin Love has rejected a theory that he would not be in control of his offensive opportunities this season because teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be doing most of the ball-handling.

Love has certainly not been hindered in the preseason. He is riding the tide of successive 25-point performances, including one Tuesday night against Milwaukee in which he was 5 of 7 from 3-point range.

Though neither James (rest) nor Irving (ankle) played in that game, Love is rejecting the notion that his touches would be limited by the whims of those two players.

"I'm comfortable and just not trying to, I guess, fit in so much," Love told ESPN.com after the game. "I had a talk with the guys on the plane ride over (to Brazil) and also at different practices off the floor and they told me to fit out. Just be myself.

"I kind of laughed and smirked at that. Off the court, I never have any problems with that. But on the court, it's just us having so many weapons and being able to fit together out there on the floor ... you always say check your egos at the door but we also need to bring our egos with us because that's what makes us so great. We wouldn't be here without them."


Kevin Love deal morphs into three-team trade


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/22/2014) The Cavaliers' acquisition of Kevin Love is set to go down Saturday, and Yahoo.com reports it will end up being a three-team deal.

The Timberwolves will receive Andrew Wiggins , Anthony Bennett and a lottery-protected first-round pick from the Cavaliers in exchange for Love, and are set to move one of those pieces to Philadelphia to complete the deal.

The Wolves will move the first-round pick -- a top-10 protected pick from Miami -- to the 76ers along with Alexey Shved and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute in exchange for Thaddeus Young, as first reported by the Minnesota Star-Tribune. 


Trade doesn't hurt Kevin Love's potential too much


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Though the move to Cleveland and a stacked Cavaliers roster should make life considerably easier for Kevin Love, should Fantasy owners be moving him down their draft boards a bit after Thursday's news?

Love carried a huge load for the Timberwolves last season, logging 36 minutes per game and finishing the season second in Fantasy scoring overall. He averaged a career-high 26.1 points and 4.4 assists per game, while adding 12.5 rebounds, but will now have to adjust to life as a second or even third option offensively.

With LeBron James and Kyrie Irving already on hand, Love is almost certainly going to take on a smaller scoring role. He attempted 18.5 field goals per game a year ago, which actually led this trio a year ago. However, he is also much more reliant on his teammates setting him up than the other two, so he should have the ball in his hands a little less by default.

Even if Love takes three fewer shots per game next season, there is little reason to drop him too much for Fantasy purposes. With his three-point range and offensive rebounding skills, Love still promises to be one of the most efficient scorers in the league. Even after adjusting his projection to reflect his new reality, Love is still projected for 23.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game next season.

Love likely won't be one of the three most productive Fantasy options in the league again next season, but there is no question he is still a slam dunk first-round pick. He shouldn't go much later than 8th overall on Draft Day. 


Report: Cavs, Wolves finalize Kevin Love deal


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) The long-awaited deal to send Kevin Love to the Cavaliers has been agreed to, according to a Yahoo.com report Thursday.

Though the deal cannot be officially finalized until Aug. 23, the Timberwolves are expected to acquire the last two No. 1 overall picks in the deal, in the form of forwards Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins. They will also reportedly receive a 2015 first-round pick in the deal.

The report also indicates the Cavaliers have received a commitment from Love that he will opt out of his current contract next offseason and re-sign a five-year max contract worth $120 million. 


Blake Griffin, Kevin Love withdraw from Team USA activities


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Team USA will be without two of its star power forwards for the August FIBA World Cup, as Blake Griffin and Kevin Love both withdrew from participation.

According to the AP, Love wants to be cautious and not risk injury while seeking a trade from the Timberwolves.

Griffin said in a statement that he appreciated the invite but would decline the opportunity in order to focus his energy on improving the Clippers. 


Report: Bulls offer three players for Kevin Love


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) A rumor surfaced early Wednesday that indicated the Chicago Bulls would be willing to give up three players to obtain forward Kevin Love. According to SheridanHoops.com, Chicago has offered the Timberwolves bench stud Taj Gibson, first-round pick Doug McDermott and recently signed Spanish star Nikola Mirotic for Love. 

It's been speculated that rumors including Chicago are merely smokescreens to coax the Cavaliers into adding more to their reported offer. The report suggests that should Cleveland sweeten the deal by including a second future first rounder in addition to Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and the initial future first round pick, that Cleveland would have a better chance of stealing Love away from the Bulls. 

The Timberwolves would be wise to do everything in their power to speed up this process, considering Love is set to become a free agent next season and has already said that he will test the market. 


Report: Wolves, Warriors Kevin Love deal 'dead'


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2014) What seemed like a deal inching toward completion just a week ago is now considered "dead." According to Bleacher Report, talks between the Timberwolves and Warriors have ceased, making a deal involving Kevin Love "unlikely" to occur before the draft. 

Reports last week revolved around a possible Klay Thompson for Love swap that could include future draft picks or additional pieces, but apparently neither side could agree on exact terms. 


Warriors willing to deal Klay Thompson as part of possible Kevin Love trade


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Golden State may have just moved one step closer to trading for Kevin Love, as ESPN reported Thursday that the team would be willing to part ways with Klay Thompson to sweeten a potential deal with the Timberwolves. 

The Warriors would likely swap David Lee and perhaps a future first round pick to acquire Love's services for the coming season. A potential deal will now come down to whether the Timberwolves prefer a player-heavy or pick-heavy offer.

No matter where he ends up, Love currently stands to become a free agent in the summer of 2015, further complicating potential trade scenarios. 


Still nothing definitive in Kevin Love trade situation


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) While one report Wednesday suggested that the Timberwolves thought they wouldn't get a better offer than what the Celtics had put forth, another more recent report says that haul "isn't nearly the best" deal Minnesota has fielded for Kevin Love.

According to the Boston Globe, sources close to the situation say Boston's offer of first-round picks and young players doesn't peak the Timberwolves' interests. One source said the Nuggets and the Warriors have both made better offers for Love. The report also suggests that Minnesota is content picking 13th overall despite offers to move up. 


Flip Saunders calls his own number, will coach 'Wolves


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Timberwolves' president Flip Saunders confirmed to reporters Thursday that he will indeed be Minnesota's head coach for the 2014-'15 season, according to ESPN. 

Wednesday a report stated that Minnesota would try once more to talk Kevin Love into staying before ultimately deciding to trade him, but that trade talks wouldn't proceed until a new coach was found. So it shouldn't be too long before we know Love's fate and trade rumors begin to swirl. 

Saunders previously served as 'Wolves coach from 1995-2005. He led them to all eight playoff appearances in franchise history, including the Western Conference finals in 2004. Saunders most recently coached the Wizards in 2009.


Kevin Love's departure seems like a foregone conclusion


by Joe Polito | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2014) One day he's traipsing around Boston, chatting with Rajon Rondo and going to Red Sox games. The next day reports surface about his preferred destinations via trade. The writing is on the wall, and it reads: Kevin Love won't be a member of the Timberwolves for long.

Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday that the Timberwolves are discussing deals involving Love, but that the team wouldn't commit to any deal until a new head coach had been hired. The report went on to note that Minnesota will once again try to convince Love to buy in once they've hired a new coach, but that the All-Star forward's longing to leave has not budged as of now. 

Right now he's a top-five Fantasy pick, and he'll stay that way if he moves to Boston. But should the Celtics land other talented free agents or Love get traded to a talented team like the Warriors or Rockets, you might consider dropping Love to top-ten range. I just can't see Love improving on 25-plus points, 12-plus rebounds and 4-plus assists per game. Only seven guys in the history of the league have achieved that line for a season, and, of those seven, only Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were able to do it in back-to-back seasons.

Report: Wolves open to idea of dealing Kevin Love


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) The Timberwolves are now open to the idea of trading forward Kevin Love if the right deal comes along. But it won't happen before the upcoming NBA Draft, team owner Glen Taylor told the Associated Press on Sunday.

"Not by the draft,” Taylor said, per the Star Tribune.

The Celtics, Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Knicks and Suns are also possible trade destinations for Love.

Love led the league with a career-high 65 double-doubles last season. It was his second season of 60-plus double-doubles. In 77 games, Love averaged 21.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from downtown over that span.

Report: Kevin Love to test market if not traded


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) Kevin Love's "people" have told the Timberwolves this week that if he's not traded, he'll leave via free agency when his contract is up after next season, the New York Daily News reports. Love is not interested in an extension, but has not requested a trade, according to a report from ESPN.

The Celtics are prepared to offer Minnesota a lottery pick in exchange for Love, if they don't land a top-3 spot in the lotery, per Yahoo! Sports. The Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Knicks and Suns are also possible trade destinations for Love.

Love led the league with a career-high 65 double-doubles last season. It was his second season of 60-plus double-doubles. In 77 games, Love averaged 21.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. He shot 45.7 percent from the floor and 37.6 percent from downtown over that span.


Kevin Love explodes for 43 points in loss to Kings


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was back in action Sunday night, scoring a team-high 43 points on 12 of 23 from the floor, including 4 of 9 from downtown, and 15 of 17 from the charity stripe in his team's 106-103 defeat to Sacramento.

Love did all of his damage in 38 minutes of game action, also adding 11 rebounds and one assist. He is averaging 26.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists over his last three games played.

Elbow injury sidelines Kevin Love Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was a late scratch for Friday's game against the Rockets, due to a hyper-extended right elbow suffered in the team's previous game. He was ruled out just before gametime, and his status moving forward is not yet known, with the team's next game set for Sunday in Sacramento.

Kevin Love returns with double-double


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was back on the floor Tuesday against the Spurs, after sitting out the team's previous game with back spasms.

Love was able to play 33 minutes and played a big part in a 110-91 win. He scored 19 points despite not shooting the ball well, as he went 5 for 15 from the field but 7 for 7 at the free-throw line. He added 12 rebounds and four assists, though he also turned the ball over four times.

Love has been able to stay healthy this season, with his 73 games played matching his best total since he was a rookie. He is averaging 25.9 points, 12.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game on the season, with just a few games left. 


Kevin Love expected back vs. Spurs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is expected back Tuesday night against San Antonio, head coach Rick Adelman told the Star Tribune on Monday.

Love was a late scratch Saturday in Orlando, after playing 45 minutes in a double-overtime win over the Heat the previous night. He leads the league with 60 double-doubles, and is averaging 26.0 points and 12.6 boards per contest.

Bask spasms force Kevin Love out Saturday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love was a late scratch for Saturday's game against the Magic, after coming down with back spasms.  Love played 45 minutes in the team's double-overtime win over the Heat Friday night, but it is not yet known when he suffered the injury.

Love will likely be considered day to day moving forward, with the team's next game set for Tuesday against San Antonio. 


Kevin Love records second-career triple-double


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love had another monster game on Friday, securing his second-career triple-double in a 143-107 victory over the Lakers.

Love scored 22 points on 6 of 10 from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point land, and 7 of 9 from the free throw line. He completed the triple-double with 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He also chipped in with one steal while logging 29 minutes of game action.

All two of Love's double-doubles have come this season. He is averaging 23.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.4 assists over his last five games.

Kevin Love posts insane 36-14-9 line in loss to Suns


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love put together a dominant performance, falling just one assist shy of triple-double in a 127-120 loss to the Suns on Sunday.

Love scored 36 points on 11 of 27 from the floor, including 3 of 10 from downtown, and 11 of 12 from the throw line. He completed a double-double with 14 rebounds, also adding nine assists and two steals while logging 38 minutes of game action.

Love became the eighth player -- the first since Russell Westbrook in 2010 -- to post a similar line He leads the league with 55 double-doubles. He is averaging 28.8 points, 8.8 rebounds and 5.4 assists over his last five games.

Kevin Love flirts with triple-double vs. Raptors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Timberwolves forward Kevin Love flirted with a triple-double on Sunday against the Raptors.

Love scored 26 points on 9 of 22 shooting, including 4 of 9 from downtown, and 4 of 4 from the free throw line. He grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. He also chipped in with one block and one steal while logging 41 minutes of game action in a 111-104 loss. He is averaging 25.6 points, 12.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists over his last five games.