Cavaliers And Kevin Love Nearing Contract Buyout, Miami Heat Favored To Sign

Photo: Instagram/Kevin Love

The Cleveland Cavaliers and veteran forward Kevin Love are reportedly finalizing a contract buyout, as reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd.

Love has not been part of the Cavaliers' recent rotations, and the buyout is expected to happen soon. The Miami Heat are favored to sign Love after the buyout.

Love has started in only three out of the 41 games he played this season and has averaged a career-low of 20 minutes per game, 8.5 points, and 6.8 rebounds.

Photo: Instagram/Kevin Love 

Although he suffered a thumb injury earlier in the season, he has not played since the Cavaliers' loss to the New York Knicks on January 24th.

The Cavaliers have won nine out of their last twelve games since Love was sidelined, entering the All-Star break with a 38-23 record.

Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been favoring a smaller rotation, leaving Love out of the lineup. However, Love, 34, still has a lot to offer to a team and could be a valuable asset for the Miami Heat, who are looking for a big man.

The Heat have an open spot on their roster and could benefit from Love's veteran presence to boost their chances of making a push in the second half of the season and move up from their play-in spot in the Eastern Conference.

Love has spent 15 years in the NBA, playing for three teams throughout his career.

He was selected fifth overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies, where he played for six years before moving to Cleveland in 2014.

He won a championship alongside LeBron James in 2016 and was named the league's Most Improved Player in the 2010-11 season.

Love has played 853 career games, averaging 17.2 points and 10.5 rebounds.

He is currently in the final year of a four-year, $120.4 million contract with Cleveland.

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Source: Yahoo Sports 


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