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The five-time NBA All-Star and 2016 champion with the Cavaliers, Kevin Love is reportedly finalizing a contract buyout with Cleveland. Eastern Conference side Miami Heat are interested in signing the 6-foot-8 forward while defending champions Golden State Warriors also consider Love as an appealing deal to strengthen their squad.

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The 34-year-old joined the Cavs from the Timberwolves ahead of the 2014-15 NBA season and signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension with Cleveland in 2018.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd, citing sources, Kevin Love, who has played 41 games for the Cavaliers this season and has been inactive since January 26, could land at the FTX Arena to play for the Heat for the remainder of the season.

On the other hand, NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole believed Love could resolve Golden State's spacing and 3-point shooting issues. Poole stated last Thursday, "The 6-foot-8 forward remains a very credible rebounder and 3-point shooter and would offer the value of spacing. Love has not been a full-time starter since 2020-21 and he’s averaging 20.0 minutes per game in Cleveland, but the Warriors are not looking for heavy minutes."

During a press conference on Monday morning, Warriors president of basketball operations Bob Myers told reporters that they will look to buyout a player who could be a part of the rotation for the last 24 regular-season games and for further games if qualified for the play-in or playoffs. Myers said, "But if there's a player the coaching staff and the front office thinks can be helpful, absolutely. We'll go target that guy."

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