Kevin Love issues beautiful message to people of Cleveland after completing buyout with Cavs

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In the wake of his buyout from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love tweeted out a passionate goodbye to the team’s fans and promised to expand on his thoughts.

Love was in the midst of his ninth season with the team and the final year of a four-year contract that was paying him an average of $30 million per season.

However, after recently being removed from the Cavaliers’ rotation, Love’s spot on the team roster appeared to become more tentative. Reportedly, Love requested a buyout from the Cavaliers prior to the team’s last game before the All-Star break on Wednesday.

That contest was against the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the teams that Love is reportedly considering as a new destination. The Miami Heat are seen as the favorites to land the five-time All-Star.

Love’s time with the Cavaliers was not always smooth, with injuries plaguing him throughout his tenure. In addition, he was mentioned frequently in trade rumors that continued up to this season’s trade deadline.

During the former first-round pick’s career with the Cavaliers, he also became a prominent face in the area of mental health in the NBA. That was the result of emotional issues that he dealt with, including panic attacks.

One of the reasons why Love’s time with the Cavaliers is appreciated is because when he was healthy, he was more than likely to contribute a double-double during a game. His ability to score was never more evident than in November 2016, when he exploded for 34 points during the first quarter of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

The one-time champion’s play on defense was not always recognized but became a part of Cavaliers lore in June 2016. It was in the final minute of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals that Love’s harassing defense on Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry helped the Cavs clinch the franchise’s first and only NBA championship.

Regardless of where Love ends up, it seems certain that when he returns for a game in Cleveland, he’ll be showered with cheers from the fans he so passionately saluted.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.