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Cup of Cavs for Feb. 5, 2019: Waiting for Kevin Love

Plus, the trade rumor mill is kicking into high gear.

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Welcome to the second edition of Cup of Cavs. Again, I’d love your feedback on this becoming a daily Fear the Sword post, what you think would make better, if it should be sent out as newsletter too, etc.

Take of the day

Kevin Love, in addition to Cedi Osman, will not play Tuesday against the Celtics. This isn’t a surprise, as Larry Drew said as much on Saturday before the Cavs played the Mavericks. Interestingly, however, Drew did say that he hoped Love would play before the All-Star break.

“He’s coming along,” Drew said. “He’s participating in all of the things that we’re doing, all the contact stuff that we’re doing. He’s moving up the floor very well. Right now, he’s day to day until we get total clearance.”

It would 100 percent be a good thing for Love to return. His four games played this season and the Cavs are worse off for it. If he can play, and be something like the offensive hub Cleveland is paying him to be, it’s only going to make everyone better and take pressure of Collin Sexton in particular.

That being said, Love should not be rushed back — which does seem to be the approach the Cavs have taken. This isn’t a playoff team, so it’s not like he’ll save the season in that regard. And considering he has an injury history, he should be 100 percent when he comes back and handled with care moving forward.

His health matters when he returns too. Considering Love’s future — broadly speaking — is to be on the Cavs for the next three years or to be traded in the summer for maximum value, it’s in the team’s best interest to keep him healthy.

Waiting on Love hasn’t been fun. But would waiting just a little longer, just to be safe, be the worst idea? Prediction: Love’s first game is next Monday, at home against the Knicks.

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Cedi Osman won’t play Tuesday, and Larry Drew hopes Kevin Love plays before the All-Star break

Kyrie won’t play Tuesday in Cleveland due to a hip injury

Apparently Anthony Davis expanded his list of team he’d like to play for

The Lakers have reportedly offered the Pelicans just about everything for AD

Several in Pelicans organization want to wait to trade AD

LaVar Ball wants Lonzo in Phoenix, not New Orleans, if Lonzo gets traded

Lakers, Bulls talking KCP-Jabari swap

Apparently Kristaps will sign a longterm deal with the Mavs

Joe Lacob says ‘no one’ will outspend the Warriors

What to read Today

The Athletic’s Danny Leroux on how a weak 2020 free agent class could affect the trade market and 2019 free agency