Kevin Love does not want to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers amid trade speculation.

Love has not played since October 24 because of a toe injury but the 30-year-old's name has still surfaced in trade rumours.

The five-time All-Star and 2016 NBA champion signed a four-year, $120million extension with the Cavaliers shortly after LeBron James left the team and joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the off-season.

Love told reporters on Monday that he is hoping to remain in Cleveland.

"I would love to be here," Love said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Would just love to get through a whole season healthy just because I've had nagging things that have taken time and been a little bit unlucky, but I would like to play ball here."

Love appeared in just four games this season before being shut down with the injury.

The former Minnesota Timberwolves forward said there is still no timetable for his return.

"It's really tough for me to say because I don't know how my foot is going to respond," Love said. "I think just if I'm feeling good and I progress well than hopefully it will be sooner rather than later. I just don't know when it's going to be."

The Cavaliers have struggled without Love. They have lost nine consecutive games and will carry an 8-32 record into their matchup with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.

Love, however, still plans to play again in 2018-19, adding: "That's never really been the thought process — at least for me.

"I know going out there, I want to play. I want to be out there with those guys. I feel like I would be letting my team-mates down and letting LD [coach Larry Drew] and the coaching staff down if I didn't get out there and play and get out there and play as soon as I could so long as I'm healthy."

Love averaged 19 points and 13.5 rebounds in his four appearances this season.

Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love does not expect to return to the court in 2018 as he continues to recover from a foot injury.

Love had surgery on November 2 to relieve pain and pressure in his left toe and was expected to miss six weeks, setting an inital return date for mid-December.

But the forward does not believe that will happen, instead now targeting a comeback in 2019 as he will be "in and out" of a boot for at least two more weeks.

"There's just no telling at this time with the weight-bearing injury what it is going to be like moving forward, but I expect to be back sometime after the new year," Love told ESPN. 

Love, slated to be a key man for the Cavs this year, has played in just four games, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds.

Cleveland are a league-worst 2-13 heading into Wednesday's game against old friend LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Paul Pierce does not think highly of the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland dropped to 1-10 to start the season when they fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-86 on Wednesday.

Pierce, the former Boston Celtics star who is now an NBA analyst for ESPN, said he believes the Cavaliers would fall to a college team if they played a game.

"Y'all see that Duke game?" Pierce asked during a segment on NBA After the Buzzer.

"They could beat Cleveland. You heard it here first."

Duke’s roster is led by four of the top freshmen in their recruiting class, including stars RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson. In their first game, the number four Blue Devils dominated number two Kentucky and cruised to an easy 118-84 win.

Barrett tallied 33 points in that game while Williamson chipped in 28.

Meanwhile, the Cavaliers have lost four straight games since they picked up their first win against the Atlanta Hawks on October 30.

They have already fired coach Tyronn Lue and have been playing without star forward Kevin Love, who is expected to miss at least another five weeks after undergoing toe surgery.

Cleveland point guard George Hill will also be out for at least a week with a right shoulder sprain, the team announced on Thursday.

Pierce made 10 All-Star teams and won the 2008 NBA championship while with the Celtics.

He also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers during his 19-year career.

Paul Pierce does not think highly of the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kevin Love has undergone surgery on his injured left foot and is facing an extended absence, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Friday. 

Kevin Love is hoping to avoid surgery on his injured toe in order to make a swift return for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

A LeBron James-led team has captured the last eight Eastern Conference crowns, but his departure for the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason means it is wide open this year. 

The return of the NBA season offers hope. Yes, the Golden State Warriors start are red-hot favourites to win a fourth title in five years, but every team starts with a clean slate.

Kevin Love has acknowledged he sought reassurances from the Cleveland Cavaliers, due to LeBron James' exit, before signing a contract extension. 

Kevin Love believes the Cleveland Cavaliers will have a "fresh start" in 2018-19.

The 30-year-old big man is set to be the focal point of Cleveland's offense this season after LeBron James' departure to Los Angeles. 

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Kevin Love to an extension, reportedly worth $120million over four years.

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