NBA Mailbag: Trust Kevin Love Down the Stretch?
NBA Mailbag: Trust Kevin Love Down the Stretch?

As we make our way through the final days of February, we are heading down the home stretch in fantasy basketball. There is still plenty of work to be done, especially if you are preparing your squad to make a playoff run. If you have a question that you'd like answered in next week's column, reach out to me on Twitter @rotomikebarner. Without further ado, let's get to this week's submissions.

What is Kevin Love's value down the stretch? I fear the Cavaliers are going to shut him down to keep him healthy for an offseason trade and better their chances for a top pick in the draft. - @DaglesBagels

If you drafted Love, he's been a win for you up to this point. He's already played in 48 games and is averaging 17.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, three assists and 2.6 three-pointers. He's been the main man on a bad team, so scoring opportunities have been plentiful. The Cavaliers would have likely dealt him at the trade deadline if they could find a taker, but his lack of defense and massive contract left many teams to stay away.

Now that he's not going anywhere this season and the team continues to pile up losses, it would not surprise me at all if he is eventually shut down. He's already missed two of the last four games and very well may not play both games of a back-to-back set again. If you can find someone to send you a reasonable

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Mike started covering fantasy sports in 2007, joining RotoWire in 2010. In 2018, he was a finalist for the 2018 FSWA Basketball Writer of the Year award. In addition to RotoWire, Mike has written for Sportsline, Sports Illustrated, DK Live, RealTime Fantasy Sports, Lineup Lab and KFFL.com.
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