NBA notebook: Cavs’ Love hopes to avoid toe surgery
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love disclosed Tuesday that he is hoping to be out only "two or three weeks" after suffering a big toe injury on his left foot that has caused "significant" pain since early October.
Wearing a walking boot for the last two days, Love spoke to reporters for the first time after getting shut down ahead of Tuesday's matchup against the Atlanta Hawks, as the Cavs finally earned a victory after six straight losses to open the season. It was the third game in a row that Love hasn't played.
"The only way I'm going to be best for this team is to be healthy, and I haven't been the last month," Love said. "It's disheartening. I want to be out there."
Although he hasn't ruled out surgery after receiving an MRI and consulting with Dr. Martin O'Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Love is hoping to avoid that option.
--The Phoenix Suns plan to decline Dragan Bender's option for next season, which will make the 7-foot-1 big man an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports.
The 20-year-old Bender was the No. 4 overall pick in 2016 out of his native Bosnia and Herzegovina. But he has failed to live up to expectations, averaging 5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 128 games (37 starts) with Phoenix.
The decision will save the Suns about $5.8 million next season. The club had until Wednesday to make a decision about his future.
--The 2022 All-Star Game will be played at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
According to multiple reports, the Cavaliers were named host of the game after improvements to their home arena began in the offseason.
Indianapolis edged Cleveland as host of the 2021 festivities. Earlier this year, the All-Star Game was played in Los Angeles, and Charlotte is the host in February 2019. Chicago is the host in 2020.
--The Chicago Bulls picked up the contract options for guards Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine and forward Lauri Markkanen.
The moves are fourth-year options for Dunn and Valentine and a third-year option for Markkanen.
Dunn, acquired from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Jimmy Butler deal, was originally a first-round pick out of Minnesota. He is sidelined with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee.
--The Golden State Warriors picked up the fourth-year contract option on center Damian Jones.
The two-time defending champions announced the transaction that will keep Jones with the team for the 2019-2020 season.
Jones has averaged 6.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 77.8 percent in eight starts this season, playing 16.9 minutes per game.
--Field Level Media
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