Kevin Love - If Kevin Love is already having his minutes managed to start the season, this is going to be an even worse year than expected for Cleveland. He is dealing with a foot injury, which he suffered in a preseason game. His start to the season is in question, and with him being the best player remaining in Cleveland, you are looking at a pretty important piece missing to start the season. Love’s minutes went down last season, and we can only hope that isn’t the case this year.
Cedi Osman - The Cavaliers depth chart is pretty limited right now, and it shows with Cedi Osman showing first at small forward to start the season. You will likely see him start but other bench players come in more often. Osman flashed some potential at times, but isn’t a long term option. David Nwaba and Kyle Korver can play more minutes here if Osman misses a portion of the season due to ankle injury.
Top Injuries in Franchise History
When you think Cleveland Cavaliers, you think LeBron James. James did not suffer any major injuries in Cleveland, and has not in his career. He has been one of the more durable players in the history of the game. If you want to look at the opposite in the Cavaliers history, it might be Anderson Varejao who has had a lot of major injuries. One of the bigger ones was in 2010 where he tore a tendon in his right ankle. In 2012, Varejao fractured his right wrist, adding to the major injuries that have happened over his career. In the same year, Kyrie Irving missed a good portion of the season with a fractured finger and a sprained shoulder. In 2013, Varejao had surgery on his right knee, but also had a very serious blood clot in his right lung.
Kevin Love didn’t have many injury troubles in Minnesota, but that changed a bit once he came to Cleveland. Love missed the rest of the 2015 season with a separated shoulder, and that really threw out the chances of a title. Love also broke us hand in the middle of the 2018 season, which hurt the Cavs during a struggling time already. He has also been dealing with multiple concussion issues, which is something that can be serious when they come in bunches. Back spasms have been flaring up at times for Love. LNow that he is the main option in Cleveland, he will need to stay healthy. When Isaiah Thomas showed up to Cleveland in the Irving trade, dealing with hip and back injuries. Thomas has had surgery on his knee, and he was not able to play until later on once getting to Cleveland. Thomas never settled in Cleveland, and you have to look at this trade and say Danny Ainge really got the best of the Cavs on this one. The Cavs now will have to deal with Irving in Boston over the next few seasons at the least.