Kevin Love to Sign With Miami Heat
Kevin Love will be signing with the Miami Heat, Adrian Wojnarowski reported Sunday.
Love confirmed the transaction on Twitter about 15 minutes after Woj broke the news.
Love, 34, agreed to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Since he agreed to the buyout, Miami was apparently his number one option.
Love has seen his playing time decrease this year, only playing 20 mins per game (career low), and only starting three games for the Cavaliers this season.
He may be able to get some minutes back in Miami. The Heat have been looking for power-forward help all season long, to help replace what P.J. Tucker helped do for the team last season. Caleb Martin has helped fill that role to this point.
In any case, Love might now be the most natural fit at the power-forward position of anyone on the Heat.
At this point in his career, Love is not as athletic or physically versatile as he once was. However, he still does bring some size and some scoring ability to the table.
The Heat will be getting a well-respected forward with a ton of experience to help that locker room down the stretch of the season. Miami (32-27) currently sits as the seven seed in the Eastern Conference.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst and other originally reported on Saturday that Love may not have been a lock to go to Miami. Other teams were interested in Love: The Cavaliers, Suns, Lakers, and 76ers all talked to Love and his representatives.
The fit in Miami is a natural one, but some might speculate on why he chose Miami from a team perspective. The Heat have been struggling on offense all season, and aren’t likely to make a deep run come April.
Maybe Love can revitalize his old NBA career.
It’s impossible to forget Love’s greatest play of his career: the stop on Steph Curry during Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, a game that the Cavs would go on to win.
Sunshine and hopefully some more minutes are in Kevin Love’s future.
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