Love finished with six points (2-2 FG, 2-2 3Pt), one rebound, one assist and one block in Tuesday's preseason loss to the Bulls. The Cavs were blitzed from the start and trailed by 40 points during the third quarter in a game in which they committed 20 turnovers and had 11 shots blocked by the Bulls. Both Love and Lauri Markkanen came off the bench for coach J.B. Bickerstaff, who started Jarrett Allen and rookie Evan Mobley up front. Bickerstaff said pregame that his starting five is not finalized, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the oft-injured Love toils in a semi-reduced role this season as the Cavs prioritize the development of their young core.
Love said Monday that he has not discussed his role for this season with coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reports. After noting that he and the Cavs never discussed a potential buyout, Love went on to state that he's yet to speak to Bickerstaff about his playing time going forward. Love remains the most accomplished player on the Cavs' roster by a good margin, but with the team looking toward the future, it's possible Bickerstaff could look to prioritize the likes of Jarrett Allen, Lauri Markkanen and rookie No. 3 overall pick Evan Mobley. So long as he's on the roster, Love figures to hold down some sort of consistent role, but the situation may be dangerous for fantasy basketball purposes -- especially considering the injury risk Love presents on top of the uncertainty surrounding his fit on the roster.
Love has decided to withdraw from Team USA and won't play in the Olympics, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Love spent 10 days in Las Vegas preparing with Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics before deciding to withdraw. It's possible that Love's calf injury that held him out for most of the NBA season is still nagging him. With Love now out, along with Bradley Beal, Team USA will need to pick up two new players and get them ready in a short period of time.
Love (rest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Brooklyn. The 32-year-old will finish the season on the bench for the second straight contest after sitting out Friday's matchup with the Wizards. Love averaged 12.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 24.9 minutes in 25 games during the 2020-21 campaign for Cleveland.
Love (rest) will not play Friday against the Wizards. With just two games remaining in the regular season, the Cavs will sit Love in what's ultimately a meaningless game. The veteran forward is coming off of his best effort of the season Wednesday against Boston, when he posted 30 points (6-9 3Pt), 14 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 34 minutes.
Last 7 Games
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