According to league sources, the Cavaliers, Love and others made the final determination on Thursday to have surgery, believing it was the best course of action.
The surgery, conducted Friday and deemed successful, was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. Martin O'Malley.
The injury first occurred during the preseason opener against the Boston Celtics on Oct. 2, and it kept him out for the final three exhibition games.
After gutting through the pain during the first four games of the regular season and overcompensating for the injury, which impacted his performance, Love was in too much discomfort and not quite feeling like himself on the court.
That's when the Cavs shut him down.
Before this season, Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavs and turned down a chance to be part of the star-studded free agent class in the summer of 2019.
In the four games he has played this season, Love averaged 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds.
Former Cavs assistant Boylan files suit vs. team
CLEVELAND — Former Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Jim Boylan has sued the organization on claims that his 2018 exit from the staff amounted to age discrimination.
Boylan, 62, filed the two-count complaint in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court on Thursday. The lawsuit names the Cavaliers’ parent companies, owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager Koby Altman, and accuses them of committing age discrimination and aiding and abetting in age discrimination.
Boylan is represented by Christopher Thorman of the Cleveland-based Thorman Petrov Group law firm. He is asking for a minimum of $25,000 plus lost income, as well as a chance to take his claims to a jury.
A Cavaliers official said in a written statement that Boylan’s claim was frivolous and outrageous.
Boylan cites in the complaint a June 17, 2018 voicemail from then-head coach Tyronn Lue, in which Lue informed Boylan that Altman was not going to pick up his option for the 2018-2019 season.
Lue explained that Altman did not want to pay for Boylan’s salary, the complaint said.
Boylan, a former NCAA coach, was hired by the Cavaliers as an assistant in 1992 and worked with the team until 1997. He bounced around several organizations before landing back with the Cavaliers in 2013, the complaint says. Lue was fired as the Cavaliers head coach earlier this week after the team was winless in its first six games.