Ex-Cavaliers Kevin Love sacrifices $1.5 million in salary to sign Heat’s rest-of-the-season deal

Miami Heat announced that they have signed five-time All-Star Kevin Love. Per club policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed. The five-time All-Star had to sacrifice a good amount of $1.5 million due to the contract buyout agreement with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Love, an NBA Champion from 2016, has participated in 41 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this year (three starts). Love averaged 15.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists over the course of his three starts while shooting 38.9 percent from the field, 39.3 percent from outside the line, and 87.5 percent from the line.

On November 4 at Detroit, he became the first Cavalier to ever record at least those stats while coming off the bench. He did it in just 23:26 minutes, which is the shortest duration played by any reserve in NBA history during the shot clock era.

Love became the first player since the 1979–80 season to average at least those totals through the first 10 games of a season while playing under 21 minutes per game. Love started this season averaging at least 12 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists while shooting at least 40 percent from three-point range. On January against Chicago, he pulled down a season-high 17 rebounds, and on October against New York, he scored a season-high 29 points while making a career-high eight three-point field goals, including five in the fourth quarter, the most treys in a quarter in his career. The HEAT has taken 57 charges this season, which is the second-most in the NBA, and Love joins the group with 17 of his own, tying the fourth-most by any player in the league this season.

The 15-year NBA veteran averages 17.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 30.4 minutes a game while converting 43.9 percent of his field goals, 37.2 percent of his three-point attempts, and 83 percent of his free throw attempts. He is only one of four players in NBA history to shoot at least 35 percent from downtown and average at least 10 rebounds per game throughout the course of their career. He has hit at least 36 percent from the three-point range in 11 separate seasons.

Following nine seasons in Cleveland, he leaves the Cavaliers as one of the franchise’s all-time leaders in points (ninth), field goals made (second), defensive rebounds (third), total rebounds (sixth), free throws (eighth), rebounds per game (eighth), and field goals made (10th).

Although the Heats has not disclosed his contract details, it is only natural that they will make it up to the star player and pay the proper price for his skill.


Sayma Yeasmin

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