Kevin Love Expected Back For Training Camp, Could Be Used Differently
When the Cavs came into this offseason, one of their major goals was to secure Kevin Love’s services long-term in the pursuit of a long-awaited championship. That didn’t take as long as some people thought as Love immediately announced his return when the NBA’s moratorium period began where players could begin contract talks and commit to teams verbally.
The next step, now, is the health of Love. The oft-injured Kevin Love had a relatively healthy season, and despite a couple minor back issues, it was never considered serious enough to keep him on the sidelines. Unfortunately, his season would end at the hands of another player. Love was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder that also had the labrum torn from the bone itself. Love has been out since late April and his recovery time was said to be 4-6 months.
The Cavs General manager David Griffin talked about the status of his team and answered a lot of questions that people wanted to hear answers to. When asked if he had any fear about Love not being ready for training camp, Griffin responded, “None. We think we’ll have everybody healthy for camp.”
Aside from the major injury Love is coming off of, Griffin also talked about possibly using Love a different way next season.
“So I think we have the ability to put him at the elbow and run offense through him more than we did and do some of the things he did very well in Minnesota.
“And coach, and Ty Lue and those guys have already been looking at the things he did do well there and will focus on a lot of that because it does, it takes a big part of the burden off of LeBron and off of Kyrie and obviously as we head towards the end of the season, that’s important.”
Teams usually being their training camps at the end of September, so it is very possible that Love could miss some of that time as well if his recovery is a little slower than expected.
Love could really use the time to get reacquainted with his older teammates and a new offense, especially coming off of a major injury. Love averaged just 16.4 points 9.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists this year with the Cavs after averaging 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, and 4.4 assists.
Stay tuned for the latest on Kevin Love, his injury, and his status going into Cavs’ training camp.