Kevin Love only played 21 games for his new team, the Miami Heat, but he impressed the team’s front office and coaching staff.
The 35-year-old big man averaged 7.7 points and 5.7 rebounds during that time and consistently put his body on the line to stop opponents.
Therefore, it’s no surprise to hear the team is ready to see more of him.
According to Sam Amico, via Dru on Twitter, the Heat appear to be “content” with Love as their starting power forward heading into training camp.
“• Miami has been hesitant to include wing Caleb Martin in a package for Lillard
• The Heat appear to be content with Kevin Love as their starting PF heading into camp, sources told Hoops Wire
— Dru (@dru_star) September 12, 2023
Love has had a very eventful few seasons recently.
He was loyal to his Cleveland Cavaliers and was still putting up impressive double-digit numbers nightly with that team but the front office decided to cut ties with him.
When he was then signed to the Heat, it wasn’t clear what sort of role he’d take with the team.
Would he just be a bench player who got a few minutes here and there or would he have a sizable position on the roster?
So far, he’s been averaging 20 minutes a night and has started in 17 games.
He might be starting a lot more in the new season.
Love is obviously growing older and is more susceptible to injuries but he has a lot of drive, heart, and experience too.
The Heat want to take advantage of all that.
Other players and the fans have responded well to Love and there is a growing assumption that this could be the team he retires with.
The question is what will he do for the Heat in the next few years?
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