The 2018/19 regular season isn’t off to a great start in Cleveland, where the Cavaliers became the first team to fire their head coach this season, replacing Tyronn Lue with interim coach Larry Drew on Sunday. Now, the club may be without its top player for an extended period.
As Windhorst and Wojnarowski report, the Cavaliers and Love are consulting with doctors to go over the “limited short-term solutions” available to the veteran forward, who has been dealing with the toe injury since the preseason. With the Cavs off to an 0-6 start to open the year, it might not make sense for Love to push through the injury and keep playing, since rest would be the most logical solution for the painful ailment.
No final determinations have been made yet, so it’s still possible that Love will attempt to keep playing or will opt for an alternate route that doesn’t keep him on the shelf for quite so long. For now though, a multi-week absence seems to be the likeliest outcome. Larry Nance, Sam Dekker, Ante Zizic, and Channing Frye are among the candidates to pick up a few extra minutes in the frontcourt with Love out.
Now that Lue is out of the picture, a Love-sized hole in Cleveland’s lineup would be an issue for Drew to deal with. In the wake of Lue’s dismissal, reports indicated that Drew was seeking a longer-term commitment than just the interim tag, but the two sides are still “working through” what the arrangement will look like, tweets Joe Vardon of The Athletic.