Kevin Love doesn’t want to leave the Cavaliers.
The 30-year-old forward hasn’t played since Oct. 24 because of a toe injury but his name has still surfaced recently in trade rumors. Love told reporters Monday he’s hoping to remain in Cleveland.
“I would love to be here,” Love said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I’ve had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here.”
Love signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers this summer shortly after LeBron James left the team and joined the Lakers. But, he appeared in just four games this season before being shut down with the injury.
Love said there’s still no timetable for his return.
“It’s really tough for me to say because I don’t know how my foot is going to respond,” Love said. “I think just if I’m feeling good and I progress well than hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. I just don’t know when it’s going to be.”
The Cavaliers have struggled without Love. They’ve lost nine in a row and will carry an 8-32 record into their matchup with the Pacers on Tuesday.
Love, however, said he still plans to play again in 2018-19.
“That’s never really been the thought process — at least for me,” Love said. “I know going out there, I want to play. I want to be out there with those guys. I feel like I would be letting my teammates down and letting LD (coach Larry Drew) and the coaching staff down if I didn’t get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could so long as I’m healthy.”
Love averaged 19 points and 13.5 rebounds in his four appearances this season.