The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that their All-Star Kevin Love underwent a minor knee surgery this morning, and as a result, is likely to be out for six weeks. Theoretically, Love would return with only about a half dozen games remaining before the start of the playoffs.
The Cavs were already shorthanded, with Iman Shumpert missing the past few games with a sprained ankle and J.R. Smith being out since December, and likely remaining out for several more weeks. Now losing their third-leading scorer (20.0 PPG) and top rebounder (11.1 RPG) in Love for six weeks, certainly doesn’t help matters.
The defending champions are always on the lookout to improve the roster and Love’s injury simply adds more motivation and necessity to look for ways to improve the roster and remain at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Yesterday, the Cavs completed a deal to trade Chris “Birdman” Andersen to the Charlotte Hornets in a move to clear a roster spot, making an additional move to acquire another piece easier to complete down the line.
Furthermore, Love’s injury also likely increases the team’s chances of keeping Derrick Williams, who is currently on a 10-day contract with the team, for the rest of the season.
However, with so many guys going down due to injury, the team has moves to make. Despite still having two other All-Stars in Lebron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs still need help. Whether it’s by next Thursday’s trade deadline or after the contract buyout deadline, the Cavs need to find ways to add to their depth.
They may still have enough to make it back to the Finals, but if they want to hoist up that Larry O’Brien trophy again in June, GM David Griffin will have to continue to find additional pieces to help the team improve like he’s done in the past.