September 30, 2020, 8:41 amKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com is reporting that Kevin Love has departed the Cavs' minicamp, even though the move is not a surprise since he had indicated ahead of time he wouldn't stay for the duration of the camp.
Four of the Cavs' six oldest players from last season are now not at camp. Tristan Thompson, Andre Drummond and Matthew Dellavedova were absent from the start, while starting small forward Cedi Osman is in Turkey and was unable to travel to Cleveland. This is a great opportunity for the young guys to get some much needed practice time and while it’s good to see Love show up and support his teammates, it’s clear that he may not be a part of the franchise moving forward.
July 8, 2020, 5:12 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
After only playing in 22 out of 82 contests in 2018-19, Kevin Love was able to suit up for 56 out of 65 games this season and produced 49/58 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues.
For the first time since the 2015-16 season, Love's total fantasy value exceeded his per-game value due to several injuries he had incurred over the last four years. He posted 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.6 threes and 2.5 turnovers in 31.8 mpg with .450/.374/.854 splits. Love can continue to produce standard league value moving forward with the caveat that he has a tendency to miss more than the 13.8 percent of games that he missed in 2019-20.
July 8, 2020, 4:50 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson was able to hang on to 134/158 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues after a strong start to the year and finished the season averaging 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.8 turnovers while shooting .512 from the field and .615 from the charity stripe in 30.2 mpg.
Thompson was a great player to select at the ends of drafts as he was able to produce top-95 value in 8/9-cat leagues in the first 19 games of the season. He is an unrestricted free agent and it would be surprising to see the Cavs bring him back as they already have Kevin Love, Larry Nance and Andre Drummond ($28.75 player option) signed in the frontcourt.
May 9, 2020, 8:29 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love, along with a few other Cavs players, practiced in the recently reopened Cavs practice facility on Friday.
Love was joined by Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic – who all practiced at a safe distance from each other. Love was eager for the practice as he said that this had been the longest time that he wasn't touching a basketball in the 25 years that he'd been playing the game. There were, of course, many other differences from the "normal" players were once used to, like coaches wearing face masks and gloves as they rebounded and passed the ball back to Love while he was making shots. Slowly, little by the little, the league is resuming basketball activities – at a very cautious and guarded approach. That said, everyone is playing this current pandemic by ear and simply doing their best to adjust to this life-changing global event. Still, this is a step in the right direction towards a possible resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.
March 10, 2020, 10:34 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. hit all six shots from the field on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and a block in 32 minutes of action.
That's the good stuff, with a 2-for-4 split at the charity stripe the only blemish on Nance's line. Tristan Thompson's absence opened things up tonight but Nance has held firm as a middle-round option even after Cleveland added Andre Drummond to the mix, so hopefully you didn't cut him prematurely at the deadline. Kevin Love also wore his playmaking hat tonight with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two triples.
March 8, 2020, 11:18 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love was useful on Sunday vs. the Spurs thanks to 14 points (7-of-8 FT), 18 rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.
Love had some issues with four turnovers and just 3-of-12 shooting from the field, but he must be feeling good to log 40 minutes on the second night of B2B set. The shutdown or injury risk is always a threat with Love, but that is not an issue for the time being, and Love has been posting excellent rebound and 3-point figures lately.
March 7, 2020, 10:52 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love knocked in five 3-pointers vs the Nuggets on Saturday, scoring 27 points with six rebounds and three assists in 37 minutes.
Love has scored at least 20 points in four straight games and has 17 threes over that stretch. He is a solid mid-round player when he's on the court, but he is at risk of resting games down the stretch.
March 4, 2020, 9:40 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love put up a huge double-double on Wednesday night, ending the game with 26 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3PT), 14 rebounds, five assists and one block.
Love has always been able to put up points, rebounds, and threes. With Andre Drummond out again, Love had the opportunity to showcase his skill set. As long as Drummond is on the sidelines, Love has the potential for nights like this.
March 3, 2020, 5:46 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) is being listed as out in advance of Wednesday's game against the Celtics.
Tristan Thompson (knee) is also questionable for this one, which will put Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. into extended featured roles. Drummond played on Saturday and put up 27 points and 13 rebounds in 36 minutes, but will now miss two more games with the mysterious calf injury. Keep tabs on the situation as we don't have much information on it as of yet.
Source: NBA Injury Report
March 2, 2020, 9:19 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love scored 22 points on 7-of-15 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, a steal and six 3-pointers on Monday.
Love was one of the few bright spots in tonight's game and his value has been steady regardless of who's in the lineup. The Cavs are so bad that they can tank with him playing so as it stands, Love is in good shape for the fantasy playoffs.
March 2, 2020, 5:28 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) will not play during Monday's game.
Kevin Love gets the start at center while Larry Nance Jr. will also be relied upon heavily. Drummond managed to play on Saturday but has dealt with injury issues since being traded to the Cavs.
Source: Eric Walden on Twitter
February 28, 2020, 10:54 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love played 27 minutes on Friday night but wasn't anything special with 10 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Love has failed to top 20 points in each of his last five contests, a streak that goes back to before the All-Star break. He also has double digit rebounds just once in that span. Love is returning top-120/175 value in the last two weeks and it's going to be an unenjoyable ride to the finish given the state of the Cavs. He'll be better than this most nights — hopefully.
February 26, 2020, 9:38 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. saw 31 minutes off the bench on Wednesday and finished with 13 points (6-9 FG), 15 rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Nance benefited from Andre Drummond's absence and had a very efficient double-double. The front court in Cleveland will be very crowded with Drummond's return as Tristan Thompson, Kevin Love and Cedi Osman compete for minutes. Love had a strong line tonight as well, ending with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and a block.
February 26, 2020, 5:20 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson will draw the start for Wednesday's game vs. the Sixers with Andre Drummond (left calf strain) sidelined.
Thompson will likely see additional value for as long as he gets starter-level minutes. However, the frontcourt situation is crowded in Cleveland as they also have Larry Nance Jr., Kevin Love and Cedi Osman.
Source: Spencer Davies on Twitter
February 26, 2020, 1:39 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond (left calf strain) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game.
It has not been a smooth transition for Drummond after being traded to the Cavs, and he hasn't exceeded 29 minutes since the Pistons dealt him. Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, and Larry Nance Jr. could each receive a small bump in playing time against the Sixers. Cedi Osman will likely be relied upon more as well.
Source: NBA Injury Report