By Ben Golliver
The Timberwolves announced Monday that forward Kevin Love will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee that is expected to sideline him for four-to-six weeks.
The surgery, which will remove a buildup of scar tissue, will end his 2012-13 season, although he was already sidelined with a previous hand injury.
This marks the second surgery of the season for Love, who made just 18 appearances this season for the lottery-bound Timberwolves.
Back in October, Love fractured two bones in his right hand while executing "knuckle pushups" during a home workout. The injury didn't initially require surgery, and Love returned to the court on Nov. 21. He then re-injured his right hand in mid-January, undergoing surgery that was expected to sideline him eight-to-10 weeks. He has been sidelined for roughly the last 12 weeks.
Love also missed time during the 2009-10 season due to a broken bone in his left hand. He then missed time in 2010-11 with a groin injury and in 2011-12 with a concussion. All told, he’s missed 106 games combined over the last four seasons.
The Timberwolves signed Love to a four-year contract extension worth $60 million in December 2011 which carries him through the 2015-16 season. Love, a two-time All-Star and an All-NBA second-team selection last year, can exercise a player option during the summer of 2015.