The Cleveland Cavaliers ruled power forward Kevin Love out for the second round of the playoffs on Monday, and general manager David Griffin said Tuesday it’s “highly unlikely” that Love will return at any point this postseason due to the serious nature of his shoulder injury.
Love suffered a dislocated left shoulder in the Cavaliers’ Game 4 victory over the Boston Celtics on Sunday, but he also suffered ligament and labrum damage, and it turns out that the labrum damage is pretty significant:
Source: Kevin Love's labrum tore away from the bone, and will need 4-6 weeks, minimum, to heal. If it doesn't, surgery a possibility.
— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) April 28, 2015
This outcome was pretty expected after the Cavaliers’ statement on the injury Monday, and now it’s basically set in stone that Love won’t be back this season. Not only does this have an impact on Cleveland’s title hopes the rest of the way, but it also makes Love’s impending free agency all the more intriguing. Will he feel more inclined to opt in and give it another run with this group? Will he sign a long-term deal in Cleveland? Will he look elsewhere? It’s going to be interesting.