Kevin Love will undergo season-ending knee surgery to remove scar tissue in his bothersome left knee, bringing an end to the power forward's injury-riddled year. The normal recovery time for the operation is four to six weeks, which rules him out for the rest of a season that only has nine days left in it.
The power forward has only played 18 games this season, but it was his hand, not his knee, that has kept him sidelined to this point. He twice broke his right hand, first while working out before the season and then again in a game on Feb. 3. Love was scheduled to have that hand re-examined in New York on Tuesday, an appointment he will still keep, but then he will meet with the surgeon in New York who will operate on his knee.
Love has had the scar tissue problem with his knee all season, and the plan was to undergo surgery in the offseason, but as he increased the intensity of his workouts in an attempt to return from his broken hand, he experienced more and more discomfort in his knee. That, likely combined with the fact that the Minnesota Timberwolves were eliminated from playoff contention long ago, encouraged Love to undergo the knee operation now as opposed to waiting until the season ended.
Love averaged 18.3 points and 14 rebounds per game in his limited time this season, a year after averaging 26 points and 13.3 rebounds per game en route to All-NBA Second Team honors in 2011-12. Love is in the first year of a four-year, $62 million contract that allows him to opt out after three years.