Cavaliers’ Kevin Love says he’s still weeks away from returning

Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward said Monday that he’s still weeks away from any significant on-court work as the five-time All-Star recovers from left foot surgery that has sidelined him. Love recently was cleared to accelerate his rehab, but he isn’t sure when he’ll play and suggested he could be out until after February’s All-Star break. “It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond,” Love said. The 30-year-old played in just four games before undergoing surgery to have cartilage removed and fluid drained from around his big toe. This isn’t the season the Cavs (8-32) expected after signing Love to a four-year, $120 million contract extension after LeBron James left as a free agent. “It’s a big setback, not in my career, but as far as our team goes,” he said.

Udonis Haslem

As expected, the Mami Heat forward will retire after this season. Haslem, 38, said he will end his career alongside friend Dwyane Wade. Each is in his 16th NBA season and will call it quits when it’s over. “There’s nothing else left for me to do on the basketball court,” Haslem said to Basketball Insiders. “My son is playing college football at the University of Toledo, my 11-year-old is playing travel baseball. … My 8-year-old is playing travel basketball. There are so many other things for me to be engaged in right now.” Haslem, who started as an undrafted free agent out of Florida, has spent all 16 NBA seasons with the Heat and has been part of all three of the franchise’s NBA championship teams. He’s the Heat’s all-time leader in rebounds (5,716).

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