NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat Would Be Interested in Kevin Love on This One Condition

Published 07/07/2021, 9:59 PM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) celebrates with guard Goran Dragic (7) and guard Tyler Herro (14) after scoring a basket against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


Miami Heat, after their dream run in the Orlando Bubble, fell flat on their face in the playoffs 2021. They were so helpless against the Bucks that the results averaged a 20.5 points difference in those four games. Clearly, Pat Riley’s organization cried offensive tears and signaled that they needed a better roster.

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The Heat franchise has long been known for their championship-contending mindset. But ever since the fallout of the Big Three in LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh, the team has struggled to attract talent of that level. So what’s next on the cards for them?

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Miami Heat is eyeing another Cleveland Cavaliers name

The last time Miami found their treasure in a Cavalier was in 2010 and the name was LeBron James. And this time around, it’s Bron’s teammate from the 2016 NBA Champions team, Kevin Love. 

In a recent development, NBA analyst and reporter Evan Massey has revealed that the Heat are very interested in signing him. However, it can happen on a condition that the Cavs and Love agree on a buyout.

Now, the catch is that Love still has two more years left on his contract with the Cavs. In a more common approach, a franchise and its athlete agree for a buyout in their last season and this makes the trade possibility a little tricky.

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What makes Kevin Love a good prospect?

The Cavaliers are the owners of #3 overall pick in NBA Drafts 2021 and the reports suggest that they’re eyeing #1 pick. If that happens, they can land a great shooting guard in Jalen Green and work on a rebuild. With Kevin Love’s injury woes and his poor 2020-21 season on the paper, there’s a chance they’re done with the 32-YO.

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Apr 18, 2021; Bam Adebayo (top right) celebrates a winning shot over the Nets with teammates at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reauters

Now, for the Heat, they can expect Kevin (if he joins) to show growth similar to what Blake Griffin displayed with the Nets. This will add to their front court where Bam Adebayo needs a floor spacer and someone who can shoot. Kevin is undoubtedly a great power forward and he can fill that Kelly Olylynyk void better than many. 

However, the Cavs player is set to make a whopping $60 million in the next two years and that kind of money can be huge for any signing team. So now that Kevin Love and Bam Adebayo will team up in the Summer Olympics, it will be interesting to see how things proceed.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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