Sources: Love gets buyout; Heat, 76ers in line

Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers have completed a contract buyout, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday.

The Miami Heat are a front-runner to sign Love, but the forward plans to talk to the Philadelphia 76ers before making a decision, sources said.

Love had requested a buyout earlier in the week after falling out of the Cavaliers’ rotation, sitting out their final 12 games before the All-Star break. The Cavaliers were 9-3 without Love in that stretch and entered the break in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

The 34-year-old Love was in the final season of a four-year contract that was paying him $31.2 million in 2022-23. He is averaging career lows in scoring (8.5 points per game) and rebounds (6.8 per game).

He was also the Cavaliers’ final player linked to their 2016 championship team.

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