Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is expected to be healthy for the Cavaliers' season opener, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Love is set to return to full practices by this weekend as he continues his recovery from the injury he sustained in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (arm) has been cleared for 3-on-3 workouts, the AP reports.
Love is said to be progressing well in his rehab, and he's reportedly dropped weight and is in excellent shape as the regular season approaches. While he could miss all of the preseason, the Cavaliers are holding out hope that he'll be ready when the season begins on Oct. 27 against the Chicago Bulls . Once healthy, Love will be firmly entrenched as the Cavaliers' starting power forward.
"Shoulder is great," Love said. "I imagine I will be limited as far as starting, but I'm very eager to get back."
It's been nearly five months since Love underwent surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, but he's still dealing with some lingering effects of the injury.
Love may be limited for the first couple of weeks of camp, but all signs point to him being healthy for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The Cavs kick off the season against the Bulls on October 27.
"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.
Free agent power forward
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.
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