Kevin Love has not played for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the past six games, leading to many fans asking about his status with the team.
Love has already recovered from the back issue that kept him out in three games at the end of January, and he has been available in their last three outings. Nonetheless despite being active, he had been consistently given the DNP tag.
Apparently, Love is already out of the rotation, with Dean Wade and Cedi Osman now above him in the pecking order. According to the latest report, Love and head coach JB Bickerstaff had a conversation about it, and while it’s said to be a “difficult” decision for the Cavs, it’s for the best, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Kevin Love had a solid start to the year, looking like a really good veteran who can provide quality minutes for the Cavs off the bench. Nonetheless, he has struggled since December and had plenty of poor performances despite getting solid minutes. In the 25 games he played from December to January, he averaged just 7.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from deep–all that despite playing nearly 20 minutes a game.
It remains to be seen if Love can still get back to the rotation or whether he’ll be traded by the deadline, but for now, it is clear the team is prioritizing both Wade and Osman as they try to make the playoffs and compete for the title.