Love, Cavaliers finalize buyout as he eyes Miami

Love, Cavaliers finalize buyout as he eyes Miami


Love, Cavaliers finalize buyout as he eyes Miami

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Kevin Love was the last link to Cleveland’s memorable 2016 championship. He’ll chase another title elsewhere.

The five-time All-Star and the Cavs completed a buyout of his contract Saturday, freeing the forward to sign with another team.

Love is strongly considering a move to the Miami Heat, two people with knowledge of the matter said.

Love’s departure ends his tenure with the Cavs that came during the team’s most successful run.

“Kevin represented the organization and the city of Cleveland with the utmost charm and professionalism during his nine seasons in Northeast Ohio,” Cavs president of basketball of operations Koby Altman said. “He also embodied everything a franchise would want in a player, and the admiration and gratitude we have for him will ultimately land his jersey in the rafters of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

“Hopefully he decides to bring his shooting down to 305 so we can end the season on a very high note,” Heat guard Tyler Herro said, referencing the Miami area code.

Unhappy that he had been dropped from the Cavs’ rotation this season, the 34-year-old formally requested a buyout earlier this week. Love sat out Cleveland’s past 12 games before the All-Star break and there was little indication his playing time would increase anytime soon.

Love believes he can still play at a high level, and his postseason experience makes him attractive to any contenders.

“He knows how to win,” Miami center Bam Adebayo said. “He’s been in those battles.”