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Kevin Love cleared to participate in ‘select basketball activities’

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The Cavs say Love is getting closer to a return, but have not set a specific date for his return.

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The Cavaliers could use a healthy Kevin Love back on the court. And while no specific date for his return has been set, it appears that he is getting closer to a return.

In a press release sent out on Thursday night, the Cavs say that Love has been cleared to resume ‘select basketball activities’ and that a precise timetable for his return will be established after his ‘progression through this phase of his rehabilitation is complete.’

Love, who has only played in four games this season, had left foot surgery on Nov. 2. According to the Cavs, Love saw Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City yesterday. Dr. O’Malley cleared Love to begin some basketball activities, which will be supervised by the Cavs’ medical team.

Cleveland should still be slow bring Love back, as there is no need to rush him back to the court this year. But with how shapeless and poor the offense has been without him, the team certainly needs him back on the floor. It will certainly help Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman and every other player on the roster have more success.

Getting Love back should also just inject some needed fun back into this Cavs team. Unless a lot of midrange jump shots are your definition of fun basketball, even the occasional Kevin Love outlet pass should make this team more watchable.

Before sitting out, Love was averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds per game. He signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavs over the summer.