Will Kevin Love injury change Cavaliers' trade deadline plans?

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Love, who's averaging 20 ppg and 11 rebounds, will miss his first all-star selection since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 in order to rehabilitate the knee.

Love, who is having his best season with Cleveland, had a "loose body" removed from his knee by orthopedic surgeon David Altchek in NY, the Cavs said.

Since Kevin Love was traded to Cleveland before the start of the 2014-15 season, he has missed a total of only 19 games, while Anthony has missed a total of 53 games in that same time span. Commissioner Adam Silver will be in charge of choosing who gets to be the best injury replacement for the All-Star game, and according to a WizofAwes' writeup, Beal is a legitimate choice. Since becoming more perimeter-oriented, Love's durability isn't tested on a nightly basis with constantly being banged around in the post and on the backboards; with the Cavs, 43.7 percent of his shots are threes, compared to 23.6 with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

But the Cavs are not strangers to playing undermanned.

The new injury comes after Love had seemingly moved past a back issue.

James, who is tied for the National Basketball Association lead with minutes at 37.6 minutes per game, could see more rest down the stretch to ensure his legs are still fresh in the postseason.

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love's backup, Channing Frye, will have to step up in his absence as they did Tuesday. Williams could prove to be a good replacement for Love over the next six weeks.

Beal is a popular pick to become Kevin Love's All-Star replacement and he comes from a team that has the best Eastern Conference 2017 record.

Cleveland's depth has been taking some serious hits this season.

Andrew Bogut, a member of the Golden State Warriors team that defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2014 NBA Finals.

This is a valid argument in general, but not when the return on such a deal would include someone such as Carmelo Anthony, who has actually had more troubles with injuries than Love has in recent years. The Cavs said he will be sidelined approximately six weeks, which would have him returning by April 1. Which, of course, led to a Golden State championship.

The timing of the injury is interesting for a couple of reasons. It was his first invite to the February festivities since joining the Cavs in 2014, and fourth overall. The team will continue to search the market for potential trade opportunities or free agent signings. Even now, still about two months away from the playoffs beginning, it should be all about resting players as much as possible.

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