Kevin Love returns to Cavaliers Friday night, will start

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Kevin Love is back.

Love had surgery on an injured big toe on his left foot on Nov. 2 and has been sidelined ever since. The Cavaliers made it official on Friday that Love will make his return in Washington.

Love averaged 19 points and 13.5 rebounds a night this season but only played in four games before his injury. While there had been some speculation about Love as a trade chip, however, his injury combined with the four-year, $120 million extension that kicks in next season, there were not many suitors.

At 11-43 the Cavaliers have the third worst record in the NBA. While they would never admit it publicly, they would love to finish in the bottom four in the league because each of those teams will have a 14 percent chance of winning the NBA Draft Lottery (read: the rights to Zion Williamson). If Love starts to lift the Cavaliers above this, he will quickly see a minutes restriction (because of health concerns, of course).