Kevin Love will join Heat after Cavs buyout
Kevin Love brings his talents to South Beach.
The five-time NBA All-Star, who agreed to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers last week, will join the Miami Heat once the waivers are cleared. Love’s agent Jeff Schwartz told ESPN about the deal on Sunday.
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The center appeared to confirm the decision on Twitter in a reply to former teammate Tristan Thompson.
“Yes sir, my brother!!! Thanks for letting all of this bounce off you. Heat nation let’s go!!!” Love wrote.
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Love is in the final year of his $31.2 million contract this year, but the veteran has dropped out of Cleveland’s rotation and has not played in the Cavs’ last 12 games. Love, who was with the Cavaliers for the past nine seasons, was a member of the 2016 NBA championship team in Cleveland.
During his career, he’s averaged 17.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, but his numbers have dropped significantly this season.
In 20 minutes per game, Love averaged just 8.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Cleveland has been reinvigorated since taking over four-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz during the offseason. The Cavs go into the NBA All-Star break with a record of 38-23 in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.
Love is expected to gain ground behind Bam Adebayo in a few minutes.
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Midway through the All-Star break, the Heat are in set seven and would be in the play-in tournament if the season ends today. The team is 32-27 and just a half game behind the New York Knicks for the No. 6 seed.
Fox News and Associated Press’ Joe Morgan contributed to this report.
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