|July 1 11:25 AM PT12:25 PM MT1:25 PM CT2:25 PM ET18:25 GMT2:25 11:25 AM MST1:25 PM EST22:25 UAE20:2514:25 ET1:25 PM CT17:25 - Love issued a statement through The Players Tribune on Wednesday announcing that he would be returning to Cleveland next season. A person with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press that Love will get a five-year max contract worth more than $110 million. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because details have not been released. No NBA contract can be signed until July 9.
Analysis: Love came to Cleveland from Minnesota last summer in a trade that sent Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves. He injured his shoulder in the first round of the playoffs and missed the rest of the Cavaliers' run to the NBA Finals.
|June 24 11:10 AM PT12:10 PM MT1:10 PM CT2:10 PM ET18:10 GMT2:10 11:10 AM MST1:10 PM EST22:10 UAE20:1014:10 ET1:10 PM CT17:10 - A person familiar with the decision says Cavaliers forward Kevin Love has opted out of the final year of his contract and will be a free agent on July 1. Love can test the market, where he will likely draw major interest. He has to decide if he'd rather go elsewhere or stay in Cleveland and chase an NBA title with superstar LeBron James.
Analysis: Love came to Cleveland last summer in a blockbuster trade. He had a Thursday deadline to inform the Cavs of his plans. The former All-Star has said he wants to return to the Cavs, who made it to the NBA Finals this season despite not having Love after he suffered a shoulder injury in the first round. While his role changed during his first season with Cleveland, Love still averaged 16.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 75 starts.
|June 1 6:19 AM PT7:19 AM MT8:19 AM CT9:19 AM ET13:19 GMT21:19 6:19 AM MST8:19 AM EST17:19 UAE15:199:19 ET8:19 AM CT12:19 - Love spoke Sunday for the first time since undergoing an operation to repair the extensive damage caused when Boston's Kelly Olynyk pulled on his arm and yanked it from the socket. Love is pleased with the progress of his recovery and he intends to be ready for the start of next season in Cleveland. Not New York, Los Angeles or anywhere else.
Analysis: Love can opt out of the one year remaining on his contract by June 30 and either negotiate for a new deal with the Cavs or test the market as an unrestricted free agent. And has been the case all season, the three-time All-Star, whose future has been the subject of speculation almost since the day he was traded to the Cavaliers, indicated he has no plans to leave. "I expect to be suiting up by Game 1 of next year," he said. For the Cavs? "Yes, sir," he said.
|Apr. 27 9:58 PM PT10:58 PM MT11:58 PM CT12:58 AM ET4:58 GMT12:58 9:58 PM MST11:58 PM EST8:58 UAE06:580:58 ET11:58 PM CT3:58 - Love had surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and may need up to six months to recover. Love was injured in Cleveland's series-sweeping win at Boston on Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the NBA playoffs.
Analysis: The team announced late Wednesday night that Love had the operation earlier in New York. The Cavs said Love's projected recovery time is 4-to-6 months. Love was in his first season with Cleveland, which acquired him last summer in a trade from Minnesota. The six-year veteran struggled at times during a bumpy year with the Cavs, who will face either Chicago or Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals starting next week.
|Apr. 26 11:40 AM PT12:40 PM MT1:40 PM CT2:40 PM ET18:40 GMT2:40 11:40 AM MST1:40 PM EST22:40 UAE20:4014:40 ET1:40 PM CT17:40 - Love has been ruled out of the Cavaliers' playoff game against the Celtics after hurting his left shoulder midway through the first quarter.
Analysis: Cleveland's power forward was injured when he and Boston's Kelly Olynyk chased a loose ball into the left corner after Jae Crowder of the Celtics missed a 3-pointer. Olynyk's right arm became entangled with Love's left arm. Love then grabbed his arm and kept running toward the Cleveland bench before going to the locker room, where he was icing the shoulder and undergoing evaluation.
|Apr. 12 12:04 PM PT1:04 PM MT2:04 PM CT3:04 PM ET19:04 GMT3:04 12:04 PM MST2:04 PM EST23:04 UAE21:0415:04 ET2:04 PM CT18:04 - With the No. 2 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference clinched, Love and three other starters are not playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Boston Celtics. Coach David Blatt says Love, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith will not play Sunday.
Analysis: Blatt said all four would play Monday night against Detroit in Cleveland's next to last game of the regular season.
|Apr. 2 7:51 AM PT8:51 AM MT9:51 AM CT10:51 AM ET14:51 GMT22:51 7:51 AM MST9:51 AM EST18:51 UAE16:5110:51 ET9:51 AM CT13:51 - Love is questionable for Thursday night's game with a sore back.
Analysis: Love only took part in the non-contact portion of practice on Wednesday. He has been bothered by a back issue all season and was hit with an elbow in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Love said the team getting two days off earlier this week helped.
|Mar. 15 1:22 PM PT2:22 PM MT3:22 PM CT4:22 PM ET20:22 GMT4:22 1:22 PM MST3:22 PM EST0:22 UAE (+1)21:2216:22 ET2:22 PM CT19:22 - Love will return to the floor after missing two straight games to rest his body.
Analysis: Love sat out games in Orlando and Miami. He maintains the time off had nothing to do with a back injury. Love took part in the team's morning shootaround and said afterward that he will play in Wednesday night's game against Brooklyn as the Cavs try to win their 14th straight at home.
|Feb. 28 9:57 PM PT10:57 PM MT11:57 PM CT12:57 AM ET5:57 GMT13:57 10:57 PM MST12:57 AM EST9:57 UAE06:570:57 ET11:57 PM CT4:57 - Love finished with 17 points on 6-of-19 shooting in Friday's loss at Indiana.
Analysis: Love appeared headed for a big night with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving both out, but he couldn't find his form. The All-Star forward is shooting just 39.4 percent on the road this season.
|Feb. 25 9:27 PM PT10:27 PM MT11:27 PM CT12:27 AM ET5:27 GMT13:27 10:27 PM MST12:27 AM EST9:27 UAE06:270:27 ET11:27 PM CT4:27 - Love scored a team-high 24 points in Tuesday's 102-93 win at Detroit.
Analysis: It was a big night for Love, who matched a career high with eight made 3s on 14 attempts. While he's averaging a disappointing 16.9 points, Love is still finding ways to produce for fantasy owners.
|Feb. 11 8:34 PM PT9:34 PM MT10:34 PM CT11:34 PM ET4:34 GMT12:34 9:34 PM MST11:34 PM EST8:34 UAE05:3423:34 ET10:34 PM CT2:34 - Love was back on the floor Friday.
Analysis: Love sat out last Thursday night's game against the Chicago Bulls because of an abrasion in his right eye.
|Jan. 31 10:00 PM PT11:00 PM MT12:00 AM CT1:00 AM ET6:00 GMT14:00 11:00 PM MST1:00 AM EST10:00 UAE07:001:00 ET12:00 AM CT4:00 - Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds for his 26th double-double Friday against the Kings.
Analysis: Love had been averaging just 13.3 points on 34.0 percent shooting over his last eight games, so perhaps this is a sign that better times are ahead for owners.
|Jan. 17 10:40 PM PT11:40 PM MT12:40 AM CT1:40 AM ET6:40 GMT14:40 11:40 PM MST1:40 AM EST10:40 UAE07:401:40 ET12:40 AM CT4:40 - Love returned with 16 points and 12 boards Monday in a big win over Chicago.
Analysis: Love sat out Cleveland's win on Friday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
|Jan. 8 9:02 PM PT10:02 PM MT11:02 PM CT12:02 AM ET5:02 GMT13:02 10:02 PM MST12:02 AM EST9:02 UAE06:020:02 ET11:02 PM CT3:02 - Love had 17 points and 16 rebounds in Wednesday's loss to Houston.
Analysis: He's posting his best rebounding numbers of the season with an average of 15.0 in the last three games.
|Jan. 5 9:35 PM PT10:35 PM MT11:35 PM CT12:35 AM ET5:35 GMT13:35 10:35 PM MST12:35 AM EST9:35 UAE06:350:35 ET11:35 PM CT3:35 - Love scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Sunday's loss to Dallas.
Analysis: With LeBron James out with injury, Love's production has seen a noticeable increase. Still, it's not resulting in victories. He is averaging 17.5 points per game this season.
|Jan. 5 8:16 PM PT9:16 PM MT10:16 PM CT11:16 PM ET4:16 GMT12:16 9:16 PM MST11:16 PM EST8:16 UAE05:1623:16 ET10:16 PM CT2:16 - Love scored 28 points and grabbed 19 rebounds Monday in Cleveland's loss to Philadelphia.
Analysis: Despite the numbers, chalk this up as a poor performance from Love. Both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were sidelined with injury, and Love could not propel the Cavs past lowly Philadelphia. He has scored 29.0 points over his last two games.
|Dec. 31 8:29 PM PT9:29 PM MT10:29 PM CT11:29 PM ET4:29 GMT12:29 9:29 PM MST11:29 PM EST8:29 UAE05:2923:29 ET10:29 PM CT2:29 - Love returned Friday and scored 27 points in a win over Charlotte.
Analysis: Love said at Friday morning's shoot-around that the back spasms that kept him out of Cleveland's last game have subsided and he was "going to give it a go."
|Dec. 17 2:11 PM PT3:11 PM MT4:11 PM CT5:11 PM ET22:11 GMT6:11 3:11 PM MST5:11 PM EST2:11 UAE (+1)23:1117:11 ET4:11 PM CT20:11 - Love, who missed the team's morning shootaround with flu-like symptoms, will play against Atlanta.
Analysis: Love is averaging 17.8 points and 10.5 rebounds in 23 games. He grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds and scored 22 points in Monday's win over Charlotte. Love has 13 double doubles this season.
|Dec. 16 10:01 PM PT11:01 PM MT12:01 AM CT1:01 AM ET6:01 GMT14:01 11:01 PM MST1:01 AM EST10:01 UAE07:011:01 ET12:01 AM CT4:01 - Love finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds in Monday's win over Charlotte.
Analysis: Love's rebounding numbers are coming along. After being limited to 9.4 in his first 14 games, he's averaging 12.1 over his last nine.
|Dec. 12 9:06 PM PT10:06 PM MT11:06 PM CT12:06 AM ET5:06 GMT13:06 10:06 PM MST12:06 AM EST9:06 UAE06:060:06 ET11:06 PM CT3:06 - Love matched a season-high with 16 rebounds Thursday in Cleveland's loss to Oklahoma City.
Analysis: With LeBron James sidelined, Love played a bigger role for the Cavaliers, tallying 18 points as well.
|Dec. 3 11:25 PM PT12:25 AM MT1:25 AM CT2:25 AM ET7:25 GMT15:25 12:25 AM MST2:25 AM EST11:25 UAE08:252:25 ET1:25 AM CT5:25 - Love had 27 points and 10 rebounds in a 111-108 win over Milwaukee on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Love had a season-high 28 points Saturday against Indiana and is averaging 25.3 in the last three games while making 26 of 39 shots (66.7 percent).
|Nov. 30 10:28 PM PT11:28 PM MT12:28 AM CT1:28 AM ET6:28 GMT14:28 11:28 PM MST1:28 AM EST10:28 UAE07:281:28 ET12:28 AM CT4:28 - Love scored a season-high 28 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Indiana Pacers 109-97 on Saturday night.
Analysis: Love, who came into the game averaging 16.5 points, scored 16 in the first quarter. He made his first five shots, including two 3-pointers. Love, who also had 10 rebounds, was 9 for 13 from the field. The Cleveland forward has a combined 49 points in his last two games after totaling 53 in his prior four contests.
|Nov. 27 10:22 PM PT11:22 PM MT12:22 AM CT1:22 AM ET6:22 GMT14:22 11:22 PM MST1:22 AM EST10:22 UAE07:221:22 ET12:22 AM CT4:22 - Love scored 21 and was 7 of 10 from the field in Wednesday's 113-87 win over Washington.
Analysis: Love matched a season low with only five rebounds, but his 29 minutes also marked his fewest of the season in the blowout victory.
|Nov. 23 10:50 PM PT11:50 PM MT12:50 AM CT1:50 AM ET6:50 GMT14:50 11:50 PM MST1:50 AM EST10:50 UAE07:501:50 ET12:50 AM CT4:50 - Love had a season-high 23 points in Saturday's loss to Toronto.
Analysis: Fantasy owners are surely hoping this is a sign of things to come for Love, who's averaging just 16.5 points. He's also pulling down just 9.9 boards per game, his lowest mark since averaging 9.1 as a rookie in 08-09.
|Nov. 20 10:02 PM PT11:02 PM MT12:02 AM CT1:02 AM ET6:02 GMT14:02 11:02 PM MST1:02 AM EST10:02 UAE07:021:02 ET12:02 AM CT4:02 - Love was held to a season-low 10 points in a 92-90 loss to San Antonio on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Cleveland forward missed eight of 12 shots and is shooting 38.9 percent in his first 10 games this season. He's averaging 16.7 points, his fewest since his second season in the league, 2009-10.
|Nov. 18 10:03 PM PT11:03 PM MT12:03 AM CT1:03 AM ET6:03 GMT14:03 11:03 PM MST1:03 AM EST10:03 UAE07:031:03 ET12:03 AM CT4:03 - Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds in Monday's surprising loss to Denver.
Analysis: Love is averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 boards, way down from from last season's marks of 26.1 and 12.5.
|Nov. 15 9:04 PM PT10:04 PM MT11:04 PM CT12:04 AM ET5:04 GMT13:04 10:04 PM MST12:04 AM EST9:04 UAE06:040:04 ET11:04 PM CT3:04 - Love had 12 points and 15 boards Friday.
Analysis: Love was a pathetic 2-of-10 from the floor and his field-goal percentage is an embarrassing 37.2 percent. He needs to step it up for owners.
|Nov. 8 9:13 PM PT10:13 PM MT11:13 PM CT12:13 AM ET5:13 GMT13:13 10:13 PM MST12:13 AM EST9:13 UAE06:130:13 ET11:13 PM CT3:13 - Love had 19 points and eight boards Friday.
Analysis: Love now has gone two straight games without a double-double in a major blow for fantasy owners.
|Nov. 1 9:44 PM PT10:44 PM MT11:44 PM CT12:44 AM ET4:44 GMT12:44 9:44 PM MST11:44 PM EST8:44 UAE05:440:44 ET10:44 PM CT2:44 - Love had 16 points on a rough 5-for-17 shooting night Friday against the Bulls, though he also hauled in 16 rebounds and recorded four steals.
Analysis: Love is a tremendous asset both in real life and in fantasy because even when he struggles with his shot, 10-plus rebounds are all but a guarantee.
|Oct. 31 10:56 PM PT11:56 PM MT12:56 AM CT1:56 AM ET5:56 GMT13:56 10:56 PM MST12:56 AM EST9:56 UAE06:561:56 ET11:56 PM CT3:56 - Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Cleveland debut, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Analysis: Love has averaged 17.9 points in the last five seasons against Cleveland's next opponent, Chicago. That's tied for his second-lowest versus any opponent. He's also shot 40.2 percent in those games, his third-worst mark since 2009-10.
|Oct. 28 11:54 AM PT12:54 PM MT1:54 PM CT2:54 PM ET18:54 GMT2:54 11:54 AM MST1:54 PM EST22:54 UAE19:5414:54 ET12:54 PM CT16:54 - Love was hit in the ribs Tuesday and taken out of practice as a precaution.
Analysis: Love was not on the court when media members were allowed in for the end of Cleveland's workout. Cavs coach David Blatt said Love, acquired this summer in a blockbuster trade from Minnesota, ''got banged a little bit.''
|Oct. 17 8:19 AM PT9:19 AM MT10:19 AM CT11:19 AM ET15:19 GMT23:19 8:19 AM MST10:19 AM EST19:19 UAE17:1911:19 ET10:19 AM CT14:19 - Love will not play in Friday's preseason tilt against Dallas.
Analysis: Coach David Blatt wants to rest Love, who has played in all four preseason games but was bothered by a stiff neck after a collision in Wednesday night's game in Cincinnati.
|Aug. 7 8:22 AM PT9:22 AM MT10:22 AM CT11:22 AM ET15:22 GMT23:22 8:22 AM MST10:22 AM EST19:22 UAE17:2211:22 ET10:22 AM CT14:22 - Love is finally teaming up with LeBron James. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers completed a delayed blockbuster trade Saturday that's been talked about for months and on hold for 30 days.
Analysis: Love, arguably the game's best power forward, is headed from Minnesota to Cleveland, where he will join James and instantly make the Cavs an NBA title favorite, two persons with direct knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
|July 18 6:32 AM PT7:32 AM MT8:32 AM CT9:32 AM ET13:32 GMT21:32 6:32 AM MST8:32 AM EST17:32 UAE15:329:32 ET8:32 AM CT12:32 - The Cavaliers continue to pursue Minnesota All-Star Kevin Love.
Analysis: The latest development is that No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins could be included in a blockbuster deal.
|July 15 11:41 AM PT12:41 PM MT1:41 PM CT2:41 PM ET18:41 GMT2:41 11:41 AM MST1:41 PM EST22:41 UAE20:4114:41 ET1:41 PM CT17:41 - A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves and Golden State Warriors have restarted trade talks for All-Star forward Kevin Love. The person requested anonymity because both teams are not publicly commenting on trade discussions.
Analysis: The two teams had been going back and forth with proposals involving Love since before the draft. But the Warriors' reluctance to include shooting guard Klay Thompson in any package to Minnesota was considered a deal-breaker for the Timberwolves.