This is unexpected news. Veteran Kevin Love will leave Cleveland midway through the season.
On the 17th (Korean time), local media including ‘ESPN’ reported, “Love has agreed to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers.”
Love, who debuted with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2008-2009 season, is a veteran in his 15th season. He joined Cleveland through a big deal in 2014, and left his name in 2016 as the first Finals winning member in Cleveland history.
Love is a stretch 4 type big man with excellent shooting ability. He averaged 17.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 853 regular league games, and made 1.8 three-point shots (37.2% success rate). He was a five-time All-Star, and in 2012 won the three-point contest. 바카라사이트
However, the decline due to his finger injury is clear. Love averaged 8.5 points and 38% field goal percentage in 20 minutes in 41 games this season. His rebounding ability (6.8) remains the same, but this is the first time Love has averaged only single digits since his debut. He also has the third-worst field goal percentage, and his 3-pointer percentage (35.4%) is the lowest since the 2021-2013 season.
Love’s salary this season, which is about to expire with Cleveland, is $21.2 million. Although he has been away since the match against the New York Knicks on the 25th of last month, considering that it is the final season of his contract, the possibility of Love’s buyout is predicted to be low. Cleveland is also chasing the top spot, ranking fourth in the Eastern Conference.
‘ESPN’ said, “It is rare to see a team in the playoff stability zone like Cleveland agree to a buyout with a veteran. Love deserves attention from teams in the playoffs.” ‘The Athletic’ also predicted, “If both sides officially announce a buyout, Miami will actively seek to recruit Love.”