Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love has been sitting out of the playoffs and will continue to do so in the NBA Finals due to a shoulder injury.
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Love sustained this injury in the first round against the Boston Celtics after being hit hard by Kelly Olynyk, and the Cavaliers will look to win the title against the Golden State Warriors without him.
They have been able to get through the Chicago Bulls before sweeping the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference Finals, amassing an 8-2 record without Love on the court.
The Cavaliers power forward said that he will be ready for the 2015-16 season opener though, indicating that he will not opt out of his contract despite having the option to do so in the 2015 offseason.
“I truly haven’t thought about it, but as I mentioned, I expect to be suiting up by Game 1 of next year,” Love said to ESPN.
Love has one year left on his contract, and he is set to be paid $16.7 million for the upcoming season.
Although he intends to stay, Love may still opt out of his contract in order to work out a long-term contract with the Cavaliers.