Key Miami Heat Player Can Be A Free Agent

Kevin Love can be a free agent this summer.
Jan 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA;  A detailed view of the Miami Heat's \"Vice Versa\" logo on the court during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 4, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; A detailed view of the Miami Heat's \"Vice Versa\" logo on the court during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports / Rhona Wise-USA TODAY Sports

Kevin Love is coming off his second year playing for the Miami Heat.

The former UCLA star is still a productive role player and finished the regular season with averages of 8.8 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest while shooting 44.0% from the field and 34.4% from the three-point range in 55 games.

This summer, Love must decide on a $4 million player option in his contract for the 2024-25 season.

If he declines, he will be a free agent who is available to sign with any team in the NBA.

Apr 14, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Kevin Love (42) warms-up up before the start of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Kaseya Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 14, 2024; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Kevin Love (42) warms-up up before the start of the game against the Toronto Raptors at Kaseya Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports / Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports

Love was the fifth pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and has had a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

In addition to the Heat, he has also spent time with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves over 16 seasons in the league.

His career averages are 16.5 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per contest while shooting 43.9% from the field and 36.9% from the three-point range in 929 regular season games.

He has also appeared in 88 NBA playoff games and helped the Cavs win the 2016 NBA Championship over Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.

June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) speaks with Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) following the 93-89 victory in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
June 19, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) speaks with Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) following the 93-89 victory in game seven of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports / Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

As for the Heat, they are coming off a year where they were the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 46-36 record.

They lost to Jayson Tatum and the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA playoffs (in five games).

Love appeared in all five games, and finished with averages of 1.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest.


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Ben Stinar

BEN STINAR

Ben Stinar is the NBA reporter for Fastbreak on FanNation.