Dwyane Wade was one of many shipped out by the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline, and apparently his behind-the-scenes behavior wasn’t quite as good as advertised.
According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, Wade was the first Cavaliers player to challenge coach Tyronn Lue about the whereabouts of Kevin Love after he left the team’s loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Jan. 20. Wade is also described as “an instigator” in the blowout team meeting two days later in which Love was questioned by teammates.
This reportedly set in motion the effort to trade Wade, who was ultimately offered and accepted the opportunity to return to the Miami Heat.
Previously, a different Cavaliers player — who is also out the door now — was blamed for the Love fiasco. It sounds like Wade, a veteran who’s highly regarded as a good teammate, wasn’t blameless.
Kevin Love is meeting with a surgical specialist in New York after suffering a broken bone in his left hand on Tuesday night.
The Cleveland Cavaliers released a statement on Wednesday as an update about Love. He is at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, which is where he’s undergone previous operations. Here’s the team’s statement on Love:
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) January 31, 2018
The Cavs say that Love is out indefinitely. However, a report immediately after Love suffered his injury on Tuesday night said he was expected to be out 6-8 weeks.
The Cavs started Jae Crowder in Love’s place on Wednesday.
Kevin Love’s broken hand could be serious enough to require surgery, according to a report.
Yahoo Sports’s Shams Charania reported Monday that Love’s injury, which will keep him out for up to two months, may require surgery, though this is not yet determined.
Sources: Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is expected to be ruled out for up to two months with the fracture in his left hand. Need for surgery is still uncertain.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 31, 2018
Whatever the case, Love is looking at an absence until late March or perhaps even the start of April. That’s not good news for a Cavaliers team that has been streaky and struggling as of late. Their playoff spot isn’t in jeopardy, but they’re probably not going to be a top seed at this rate, even if they get Love back ahead of the playoffs.
Kevin Love could be looking at a lengthy absence after suffering a hand injury during Tuesday night’s Cleveland Cavaliers-Detroit Pistons game.
Love exited the game in the first quarter after playing just five minutes because of a left hand injury. Love was trying to receive an entry pass down low and was swatted at by two Pistons defenders. He grabbed his hand immediately and headed into the locker room for X-rays.
The Cavs later said that Love has a broken bone in his hand.
The X-ray on Kevin Love's left hand revealed a non-displaced fracture in his left hand fifth metacarpal. Love will not return to play tonight. His status will be updated after additional examination and consultation tomorrow in Cleveland, per the Cavs.
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 31, 2018
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reports that Love’s injury will likely keep him out 6-8 weeks.
Kevin Love likely out 6-8 weeks
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 31, 2018
The Cavs are already having a tough time as the No. 3 seed in the East, and now they will be without Love for an extended period of time. Although, based on the way things have been going for the team lately, some Cavs players may not be too disappointed by the news.
Kevin Love left Tuesday’s Cleveland Cavaliers-Detroit Pistons game with a hand injury and went for X-rays.
Love exited the game in the first quarter and was reported to have gone into the locker room to see the extent of the injury.
Love took a lob pass inside and had a few Pistons players swat at him, which could have injured his hand. He was seen grabbing at his hand immediately.
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) January 31, 2018
The Cavs forward had only played five minutes before exiting the game.
Suffering a hand injury not long after his teammates had questioned the legitimacy of a previous injury probably won’t help his standing with his teammates, even if this one is legitimate.
Kevin Love didn’t have a lot of love for one of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates on Friday.
Coming out of a timeout during a game against the Indiana Pacers, the television broadcast caught the five-time All-Star throwing his warmups right in the face of fellow Cavs forward Jeff Green. Love appeared nonchalant about it, but Green’s reaction to being treated like a coat rack pretty much said it all.
Kevin Love tossed his warm-ups in Jeff Green's face, and Green was pissed. pic.twitter.com/yceoLses9w
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) January 27, 2018
Granted, the incident itself was probably harmless — perhaps good-natured ribbing between teammates if anything. But amidst all the real drama between Love and his teammates recently, it’s an interesting look at the very least.
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Kevin Love is not receiving any promises from LeBron James about the All-Star Game.
This year’s All-Star Game will feature the top two players in votes received serving as captains for teams they pick in a draft. That means it will be up to Stephen Curry and James to select their rosters. Apparently James has given his Cavaliers teammate no assurances.
Love tweeted the following comment on Wednesday about how it would be cool to potentially team with his childhood friend, Klay Thompson.
Would be special to end up on the same All-Star team as @KlayThompson …our families have been friends for a long time. Crazy that it’s even a possibility. Just a thought!!!
— Kevin Love (@kevinlove) January 24, 2018
That prompted ESPN’s Dave McMenamin to tweet that James could not guarantee he would be able to get his Cavs teammate on his All-Star team.
Last night Kevin said LeBron hadn’t given him the assurance he’d be drafting him yet: “He’s going to try to assemble the best team possible. I mean, he probably has a future in that, so I assume he’ll put together a damn good team. But so will Steph. Those are two smart guys.” https://t.co/yVavkPygGy
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 24, 2018
Unfortunately for fans who love drama, the draft will not be televised. The full All-Star rosters for each squad will be revealed on Thursday.
If James wants to avoid more media drama, he should make a strong effort to draft his teammate, who has been scapegoated recently.