Charlotte Hornets: 3 positives and negatives of a Kevin Love trade

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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Injury history

I briefly touched on Love’s injury concerns before, but I’ll get into more detail now.

Since December 2017, Love has suffered from two hip injuries, two concussions, an illness, a sprained ankle, a sore knee, a fractured hand and his current toe injury. He’s been banged up over the years, and that could scare teams away.

That list didn’t even include the dislocated shoulder injury he suffered in the 2015 NBA Playoffs, which kept him out of action for 4-6 months, as well as the season ending knee injury he suffered with the Minnesota Timberwolves during the 2012-13 season.

If he can just stay healthy, he’s one of the better power forwards in the league. The problem is that he just hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the years. He hasn’t played over 70 games for three consecutive seasons.

Health has been a concern for years with Love, which makes trading for him risky for teams around the league. Hopefully he can shake these injuries and stay on the court full time moving forward in his career.

If he can remain healthy, he could be worth the risk for the Charlotte Hornets, or any other team in the league.