Kevin Love removed from Cavaliers rotation, by mutual agreement

Absent during the victory this night of the Cavaliers against the Pacers, Kevin Love was however not injured. The veteran was simply taken out of the rotation, by joint decision between him and the staff. A big decision for Cleveland, which now decides to do without its interior.

Kevin Love, who hasn’t played since Jan. 24, won’t play again for a while. The veteran chained a new DNP (Do Not Play) last night and was officially removed from the rotation of the Cavs, as indicated by Chris Fedor. The insider clarifies that this decision was taken by mutual agreement between the player and his coachand makes room for Dean Wade, who is coming back from injury.

“He’s ‘out’ to make room for Dean Wade. There was a conversation between JB Bickerstaff and Kevin about this recently. Even if it is difficult, it was the best thing to do.” –Chris Fedor

It’s all to his credit: K-Love is aware of his situation and only wants the good of his franchise, even if it means putting himself on the sidelines. Kevin Love has had a lot of trouble since the departure of LeBron James in 2019. (He was suffering from psychological problems and was facing depression). Returning to the front of the stage, he had a very solid 2021-22 season, since he was even a candidate for the title of Best Sixth Man. But this season, it’s more complicated. Kevin Amour offers 8.5 points at 39% shooting, the lowest average of his entire career, and has been in great difficulty since the start of 2023.

If the Cavaliers have shown a frustrating irregularity, it’s been a little better for two games. 5th in the Eastern Conference (33 wins-22 losses), the Ohio franchise is looking for trades by Thursday and in particular a upgrade on his wings and on his bench: Josh Hart, Cam Reddish or Tim Hardaway Jr. are particularly targeted. Will Kevin Love leave Ohio? This seems compromised, especially at the contractual level. The 34-year-old is in the last of a $28.9 million dealit seems very complicated to see a franchise aligning itself with such a sum at that time.

In any case, C-Town and Kevin Love should end their joint adventure at the end of this season. NBA champion in 2016, the interior is one of the strong men of the last decade in Ohio. A beautiful page of history should quickly close in Cleveland.

Source texte : NBA, Basketball Reference,,

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