Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is expected to remain sidelined for at least six weeks after he underwent a left foot surgery on Friday.
The 5-time All-Star underwent the surgery in New York City after suffering a foot injury in the season opener. He has previously complained about the injury and missed several games for the Cavaliers. Earlier in the week, Love confirmed he could be sidelined for several weeks as he nurses a left toe injury.
When he is fit, Love is one of the best players in the league. In his NBA debut with Timberwolves, the then 20-year-old finished season with the most rebounds among the rookies and ninth in the whole league. He logged 29 double-doubles, a record for the franchise.
This season, Love has played only four games, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds. Multiple injuries have seen forward sidelined to 35 games in the past two seasons. Love’s injuries didn’t stop him from a $120 million contract extension this summer that will keep him in Cleveland until 2022.
However, the 30-year-old is believed to consider a move away from Cleveland before his contract is due. This follows Coach Tyronn Lue’s firing on Sunday, fellow player J.R. Smith’s public expression to leave the team and Lebron’s departure earlier on.